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The 7 Best Knee Strengthening Exercises For An Active Life!

Knee pain – a common issue that hinders your everyday activities and diminishes your quality of life.

But this year, it’s time to work on strengthening your knees to alleviate your discomfort.

Stronger knees not only help in pain relief but also improve overall mobility and prevent future injuries.

In this blog, we’re sharing the best knee strengthening exercises, complete with step-by-step instructions and the benefits they offer.

The Best Knee Strengthening Exercises

1. Straight Leg Raises

How to Perform:

Lie on your back with one knee bent and the other leg extended straight.

Tighten your thigh muscle of the straight leg and lift it to the height of the other knee.

Hold for a few seconds and then slowly lower your leg to the floor.


Strengthens the quadriceps without putting pressure on the knee.

Improves stability and alignment of the knee joint.

2. Seated Leg Extensions

How to Perform:

Sit on a chair with your feet flat on the ground.

Extend one leg out straight and hold the position for a few seconds.

Slowly lower the leg back to the starting position.


Targets the quadriceps and helps in knee stabilization.

Ideal for those who have trouble standing for long periods.

3. Step-Ups

How to Perform:

Stand in front of a step or a sturdy box.

Step up onto the box with one foot, followed by the other, and then step back down.

Repeat, alternating the leading leg.


Strengthens the muscles around the knee, including quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves.

Mimics everyday movements, enhancing functional strength.

4. Hamstring Curls

How to Perform:

Stand behind a chair for support.

Bend one knee, bringing your heel toward your buttocks as far as possible comfortably.

Hold for a few seconds and then lower the leg.


Strengthens hamstrings, providing balance to the quadriceps.

Reduces strain on the front part of the knee.

5. Calf Raises

How to Perform:

Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding onto a chair for support.

Rise onto your toes, lifting your heels off the ground.


Strengthens calf muscles, which support knee movements.

Improves ankle and knee stability.

6. Wall Squats

How to Perform:

Stand with your back against a wall, feet shoulder-width apart.

Slowly slide down the wall into a squat position, keeping your knees in line with your toes.

Hold the position for as long as comfortable, then slide back up.


Strengthens quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes.

Enhances knee support and stability.

7. Bridge Exercise

How to Perform:

Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the ground.

Lift your hips off the ground, creating a straight line from your shoulders to your knees.

Hold the position, then slowly lower your hips back to the ground.


Targets the glutes and hamstrings, supporting the knee joint.

Improves core stability, which is essential for knee health.

Embrace Stronger Knees in 2024

Incorporating these exercises into your routine can significantly strengthen your knees, reducing pain and enhancing mobility. Remember, consistency is key, and it’s important to listen to your body and adjust the exercises as needed.

Don’t Miss Our Special Offer!

As we continue through 2024, why not take advantage of our special offer? We’re providing a FREE Knee Pain Assessment, along with a teaser of our cutting-edge Regenerative Machines.

These machines are designed to promote healing and rejuvenate your knees, offering you a new level of care and recovery.

Interested in discovering how our state-of-the-art technology can aid in your knee health journey? This is your chance to experience the benefits firsthand.

To schedule your assessment and learn more about our innovative treatments, call us at (712) 560-0460. Let’s work together to make 2024 a year of health, mobility, and freedom from knee pain!

Your path to a pain-free life starts here at Impact PT & Wellness.

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