leg muscles can be the key to steadiness, no matter what age
the most important exercises people can do to retain balance
and strength as they get older is the squat.
said squats have other benefits. When done right, squats can
also strengthen ankles and the core, she said.
squat is the best way to start, because we use our feet for so
many things on a daily basis," she said.
many variations are available — single leg squats, side
squats, squat jumps, squat holds — that you shouldn’t get
bored with the exercise.
bodies should be able to move in all planes of motion in order
to live long, functional lives," Gozo said.
sure you’re doing them correctly: Stand with feet about
hips-distance apart, keeping your back parallel to your shins;
sit back as if you’re sitting in a chair; then push your
hips forward to bring yourself back to standing.
let your heels come off the ground, Gozo adds, or extend your
knees past your toes. You should also consider consulting with
a fitness professional — incorrect form can lead to