Editor's note: For 2023, we're using this space to feature simple muscle-strengthening exercises, which should be part of everyone's exercise routine. Growing evidence suggests that doing strength-based exercise may improve weight-loss efforts, prevent diabetes, and lower the risk of dying early from heart disease.
A sturdy chair is the only prop you need for this exercise, which helps strengthen muscles in your lower body.
Starting position: Sit in a chair with your feet hip-width apart. Place your hands on your thighs. To make it easier, use a chair with arms and put your hands on the chair's arms as you stand. To make it harder, cross your arms in front of your chest.
Movement: Tighten your abdominal muscles. Exhale as you slowly stand up. Slowly sit down while keeping control of the movement. Repeat for a total of 8 to 10 times. Rest for 30 to 60 seconds, then do another set.
Tips and techniques:
- Press your heels against the floor and tighten your buttocks as you stand to help you balance.
- Steady yourself before you sit down.
- Exhale as you stand, inhale as you sit.
Photos by Michael Carroll
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