If your knees hurt when you walk or exercise, you’re not alone. As we age, our knees take some wear and tear, and millions of Americans suffer from knee pain. When your knees hurt, it can affect not only your mobility, but your balance as well. “If your knees are hurting there might be a muscle imbalance which can greatly impact the way you stand and move and cause you to compensate by using different muscles,” says celebrity fitness trainer Joel Harper.
So what can you do to alleviate the pain and get your knees in better shape? “Strengthen the muscles,” says Harper. “Stretching opens and elongates the muscles, whereas strengthening exercises make your muscles stronger. You should be doing both."