/ Get fit for ... the alps (yes, another alpine thread)
Before my first Alps trip I mainly cycled. because I thought it would be easier on the knees. It definitely made a difference. This year I hope to cycle and run.
Try some low impact stuff. Cross trainers/cycles etc.
Cant say I'd like to chance running if you've had knee probs.
Use the cross trainer for aerobic fitness, push hard.
Combine that with some long days out walking with a pack.
Put on a heavy rucksack and use the step machine in the gym.
When I was training for the mountains with a dodgy knee, I used ankle weights on a treadmill (at max. inclination) and/or step machine. Found it was fairly effective and didn't stress the knee. Cross trainer also good but, as mentioned above, you have to crank up the resistance and push hard to get a reasonable workout.
Cycle and swim. For swimming use all strokes to work the smaller stabiliser muscles.
Look at strengthening your knees by standing on one leg to brush teeth in the morning, doing one legged squats. It's all well and good thrashing yourself on low impact cv work but if you r knee pops again your alpine trip is screwed!
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