The Best Exercise To Strengthen And Tone Your Legs After 40 (STOP YOUR MUSCLE LOSS NOW)

Despite our valiant efforts, it can be challenging to build muscle tone after the age of 40 because our bodies naturally begin to lose muscle as we age—something called sarcopenia.

As it turns out, our muscle mass typically peaks in our early 40s. After that, our muscles can start to gradually deteriorate, which can lead to falls and other troubling health issues down the road.

“The chair squat targets the glutes, hamstrings, and quadriceps effectively and efficiently,” says Daphnie Yang, International Sports Sciences Association- (ISSA) certified personal trainer and creator of HIIT IT!.

Yang says that while certain lower body exercises are only able to target one muscle group at a time, the chair squat effectively targets multiple lower body muscles at once.

Perform this chair squat 2-3 times a week every other day to strengthen and tone your legs. Yang recommends starting with 2 sets of 20 and then working your way up to 3 sets of 20. And try this exercise barefoot so that you can feel your feet grounding into the floor.

Step 1: Begin by sitting on the edge of a sturdy chair with your feet hips-width apart. Keep your knees in line with your ankles, and keep your abs engaged.

Step 2: Reach your arms straight out in front of you, keeping your triceps tight.

Step 3: Stand up, squeeze your glutes, and push your arms behind you.

Step 4: Slowly return to the starting position and make sure your weight is in your heels.

Step 5: Let your glutes graze the edge of the chair, and immediately repeat the exercise.


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