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Welcome to your health questions, answered.
In this section, SDNN and a range of local experts answer your burning health and wellness questions – everything from exercise, diet and fitness to health and body issues. We’ll crack the myths, correct the contradictory information and put truth into the hearsay that is so often a part of the wellness world.
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Answering this week’s questions, from Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA in Encinitas, is Fitness Director Kristin Ugrob.
Q. I’ve got a problem with creaky knees. Why kind of supplements should I take or stretches should I do to help my joints, and my knees in particular?
A. Kristin says: It sounds like you are a runner. Cross training with stationary cycling is a great way to help rebalance the muscles around the knee joint and ensure the greatest “creak free” range of motion at the ankle and hip, which directly affect the movement of the knee joint. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water ( 8 glasses minimum a day) to ensure your joints stay well lubricated.
Q. I am a middle-aged woman. How many times a week should I be lifting weights?
A. Kristin says: First, you should consult with your doctor. Then, if you are just getting started, you should work out with exercises for the entire body at a moderate range of 12 to 15 repetitions (one or two sets per exercise). Give your body time (48 to 72 hours) to recover in between workouts. This gives your muscles time to strengthen.
Q. What are some ways I can be more active or get exercise at work?
A. Kristin says: