I'm assuming my thighs are the problem (along with having to hoist too many pounds). My thighs must be too weak. My knees do not like getting up over and over again, and that's also probably due to too much weight and also improper form in the movements. I'm fine when I'm down on my knees, but the getting up is another thing. I found myself last year using a five gallon pail for something to push off from or a garden stool at times, too.
Do any of you notice pain upon rising from your knees? Have you found any exercise that helps? My knees don't bother me at all when I walk (thank goodness) but I did notice pain climbing stairs. I was told the best way to ascend stairs is to put the entire foot on the step (not just the toe) and push yourself up using your heel and leg muscles which takes the strain off the knees. That has been a wonderful fix for the stair climbing. I used to just step up using my toes on a staircase, but using the heel helps a lot.
And another thing I do wrong: whenever I had to squat down to weed or pick up something, I was up on my toes. That's the stance I had used all my life, even as a farm kid because you have to squat down over and over again when you milk cows. Ouch--- the knees! Now I read online that there is a better way to squat.
Check out this video:
The only problem with using this squat technique is I tip over whenever I try to get all the way down. I was watching an online video of a young, athletic-looking guy trying to do squats keeping his heels on the floor and he kept tipping over, too. I giggled because I could relate to his struggles. It's going to take some practice and strengthening. When Joel was home, I asked him if he could do it and he had no problem whatsoever. Arghhh!! I have to work on this.
I do NOT want to land on my still-sore behinder just yet, so I'm going to keep working on strengthening my thighs and doing squats as low as I can for now. I know the key to all of this is not to overdo anything. Slow and easy is the motto for this old gal. Flexibility is not my middle name. That's right, I can't touch my toes, either. Can't even come close. I like to think my failure to reach my toes is because I'm rather tall and I have short arms (I'm all about the excuses, LOL) but I know it's because I need to work on my flexibility. It will come with time and effort.
I can't wait to hear from all of you gardeners as to what works to keep you flexible, especially in regards to getting up from a kneeling position.
I want to pivot and stand. It looks Magical!