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Strong Thighs, Healthy Knees

Dave Cruz

Another reason for women to lift weights: The stronger a woman’s thighs, the less likely she is to suffer painful knee arthritis, according to a new study published in Arthritis Care & Research.

Researchers followed more than 3,000 older men and women for more than two and a half years, and they evaluated each participants' thigh muscle strength. To see if the participants developed osteoarthritis, the researchers took X-rays of the participants’ knees at the beginning and end of the study.

They also asked about pain, aching, or stiffness in the knees. By the end of the study, 48 of 680 men and 93 of 937 women developed osteoarthritis, however women with the strongest thighs had a significantly lower incidence of symptomatic, or painful, knee osteoarthritis. Unfortunately, the benefit wasn't seen in men.

So start a strength training program that includes plenty of moves for your lower body, and strengthen your legs with everyday activities like running or walking, climbing stairs, and cycling.

About The Author

David Schipper – David began writing for CorePerformance.com in 2008, after spending six years at Men's Health magazine digging up the newest scientific research in health, weight loss, nutrition, muscle and cardiovascular fitness.

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Tags: Disease, Inner Thigh, Knee, Women, Injury Prevention, Health, Build Muscle, Injury, Outer Thigh, Reduce Pain