Top 5 Knee-Strengthening Exercises You Need to Try

1. Squats: Squats are effective for strengthening the muscles around the knees, including the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. Start with bodyweight squats and progress to weighted squats as you build strength.

2. Lunges: Lunges target multiple muscles in the legs, including the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. Perform forward lunges, reverse lunges, or walking lunges to challenge different muscle groups.

3. Step-Ups: Step-ups are great for building strength in the legs, including the knees. Use a sturdy bench or step, step up with one leg, then step down and repeat on the other leg. Add height or resistance as you progress.

4. Leg Press: The leg press machine is a controlled way to strengthen the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes without putting excessive stress on the knees. Adjust the machine to your comfort level and perform controlled repetitions.

5. Hamstring Curls: Hamstring curls target the back of the thighs (hamstrings), which play a crucial role in supporting the knees. Use a machine or resistance band to perform hamstring curls while lying face down or seated.

6. Calf Raises: Strengthening the calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) can indirectly support the knees. Perform calf raises on a step or flat ground by lifting your heels off the floor and lowering them back down.

7. Quad Sets: Quad sets are simple but effective for strengthening the quadriceps muscles. Sit or lie down with your legs straight or slightly bent, tighten your thigh muscles, and hold for a few seconds before releasing.