When people start a new exercise class should we be asking whether they live in a house or a bungalow? At first this might seem a very odd question but actually it begins to make sense. I was listening to the Jeremy Vine show recently discussing the benefits of older people down-sizing to a bungalow. According to Vine this would then free up a lot of larger houses for families and have some positive impact on the housing crisis. Listeners were discussing a new problem that is already affecting those who live in bungalows – ‘bungalow knees’. I started to link the knee problems people get when they start exercising to their living conditions. The conclusion I come to is that those who live in bungalows are missing out on vital exercise. If you don’t use it you lose it!
The good news is that it is quite simple to address – the important thing is to recognize it in the first place. A few ideas: when out use the stairs rather than a lift, if you live in a dorma bungalow make sure you use the stairs every day, if you use the bus use the upstairs, use the stairs instead of the escalator, use the stepper in a gym.
So, just a few ways to keep your knees functioning as they should.