Sorry, having arthritic knees is no longer an excuse for skipping training sessions. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have recently found that bolstering your thigh muscles can relieve knee pain.
In a study of 265 people with arthritic knees, the researchers found that greater quadriceps strength protected against cartilage loss behind the kneecap, with individuals in the top third for quadriceps strength at 60 percent lower risk of losing cartilage. Study participants with stronger quadriceps also had better physical function and less knee pain.
The study’s authors suggest swimming as a great way to build up your thighs without harmful impact on your joints.