I used to love running (strange, huh?); but can’t take the pounding on my joints any longer. But you have to do something to strengthen your legs; and one basic exercise can work wonders.
The Simple Squat
According to fitness instructor Katy Widrick on the website www.Fix.com,
“Squats and lunges are some of my favorite moves to teach. They work multiple muscles; you can performed them with no weights, free weights or barbells; and you can modify them in endless varieties. But the proper form is not instinctive. The first thing to keep in mind is that your knees should not go past your feet. Let’s look at the squat as an example.
Your glutes should go back and down, as if you’re sitting in a chair, and you should keep your weight on your heels. To make sure you’re going back far enough in the squat, try this two-point test:
• Look down at your feet. Can you see your toes? If your knees are blocking them, you’re too far forward. Shift your hips back and concentrate on sitting in an invisible chair.
• Once you’re in your squat, try wiggling your toes. If you can’t do it without losing your balance, think about shifting your weight into your heels. As you move through the squat, keep your spine in a neutral position, and don’t lean too far forward or too far back.”
What do you do to strengthen your legs?
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