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Strengthen your knees with this 5-minute workout

October 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

In Part V of this five-part series of quick strength workouts, Stephanie Mansour, PBS host of "Step It Up With Steph," shares a routine designed to engage and stabilize the muscles, tendons and ligaments surrounding the knee joint to develop support.

Strengthening the muscles of the lower body, like the quadriceps, hamstrings and hips, is imperative to improving the functionality, flexibility and strength of the knees, studies have shown.

Each exercise in our workout is designed to engage and stabilize the muscles, tendons and ligaments surrounding the knee joint to develop a strong system of support.

This exercise strengthens the quadriceps, the large muscle at the front of the thigh, and stabilizes the knee joint by keeping the patella, or kneecap, in place through the movement.

This hammer curl works the back of the legs, which helps to stabilize the back of the knee joint and also improve mobility in the front of the leg.

It works the hamstring, which is the opposing muscle of the quad, engaged in the standing leg lift.

Together, these two exercises improve muscular balance in the lower body and therefore improve knee strength and stability.

The lower legs and the ankles need to be strong in order to support and strengthen the knee joint.

By working the front of the lower legs and the back of the lower legs, the muscles and tendons that run from the knee joint to the ankle joint are forced to engage and stabilize the movement to prevent you from falling over.

This exercise stabilizes the inner leg and strengthens the medial compartment, or the inside, of the knee joint.

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