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I am trying to get back in shape and started running. After a few runs (treadmill at the gym) both my knees are really hurting.

  • Is this due to a lack of stretching?
  • Is this overcompensating for weakness in other muscles ?

What would i be doing that would make my knees hurt. I have run in the past and never had this specific pain.

Also, is there any recommendation to heal from this. I have stopped running for 3 days and my knees still hurt even when walking or going up stairs, etc.

If it is weakness in other leg muscles I would appreciate any exercise suggestions

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When your knees hurt after running, it's usually an indication that your thigh/hip muscles are not strong enough, and your knees are bearing the brunt. You can work on strengthening your hamstrings, quads, abductor/adductor muscles, hips and glutes. –  talonx May 26 '12 at 4:11
    
@talonx - any suggested exercises to help this? –  leora May 26 '12 at 11:44
    
Have shared some links which I found helpful - have put as an answer as it's better formatted. –  talonx May 26 '12 at 17:44

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Exactly what i felt like 2 years ago. When i used to do cardio workouts, noticed that my knees do hurt after just 10-15 mins of running. So, i started taking some calcium supplements with drinking protein shake with milk and also included some light-heavy leg workouts like squats. I never felt a pain on my knees after just a week.

Our knees are week to handle the pressure. All we need to do is to strength it. You'll be fine unless you have had some kind of knee surgery.

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When your knees hurt after running, it's usually an indication that your thigh/hip muscles are not strong enough, and your knees are bearing the brunt. You have to systematically strengthen your various leg muscles. Here's what has helped me (non-exhaustive list but covers the major categories)

And specifically for knees - Some Yoga poses

Hope this helps.

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