The Best Thigh Exercises for People with Bad Knees (Video!)

Jessica Smith
by Jessica Smith
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The Best Thigh Exercises for People with Bad Knees (Video!)

If traditional lower body moves like squats and lunges don’t work for your knees, check out these knee-friendly alternatives. During this 10-minute workout video, I’ll show you some of my favorite ways to effectively work your legs without a single squat or lunge. You won’t need any equipment for these moves, but you’ll want to be close to a wall for a few of the exercises.

Exercise and weight loss are wonderful ways to keep your knees healthy! Stick with the exercises that work best for your body to stay active and keep your knees happy.

Be sure to keep an eye out for my “workout” partner, my puppy Peanut, in this video! (Do you work out with your pets at home, too?)

Did you try the moves? Let me know which one was your favorite in the comments below!

Note: Not all exercises are suitable for everyone. If you are working with a specific knee injury, be sure to get your doctor and/or physical therapist’s approval before attempting this workout. If you suffer from knee pain regularly, be sure to consult a professional for an expert diagnosis.

About the Author

Jessica Smith
Jessica Smith

As someone who struggled to lose weight for years, Jessica found that the key to her own 40-pound weight loss was making small, healthy lifestyle changes that led to big, lasting results. Now, as a certified wellcoach, fitness instructor and personal trainer, she has spent the last 15 years helping students and clients reach their goals in New York City, Los Angeles and Miami. She now reaches millions online through her YouTube Channel and home exercise DVD series. Please visit to learn more about her fun, results-driven programs for all levels of exercisers.


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