According to a study from the University of North Carolina, almost half of all adults will develop knee osteoarthritis by age 85, and your odds increase if you are obese in middle age or had a past knee injury.
The good news is you don’t have to deal with creaky knees when you’re older if you take some precautions now.
Start by losing weight: The study shows obese people had a 64.5 percent risk of arthritis, compared to 44.1 percent for those who were simply overweight and 34.9 percent of those at normal weight. So, you slash your chances of developing arthritis by 50% just be being of normal weight.
When you sweat off your gut, don’t pound the pavement or you’ll weaken your knees even more—the study showed a 14 percent higher risk of arthritis after a past injury. If you enjoy running outside or on treadmills, then avoid runner’s knee by rotating your running with low impact sports like swimming and cycling.
Further protect your legs from injury with strengthening exercises, like squats, lunges and dead-lifts. These exercises build muscle around your joints and ligaments further protecting them from injury. Also, movements like squats and dead-lifts will help you develop muscle all over your body, as well as develop a six pack.
Don’t forget, yoga exercises also gives you great toned legs and butt!