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As we age, our muscles grow weaker without proper exercise. Everyday tasks such as grocery shopping, climbing stairs, getting up from a chair, or even playing with your grandkids becomes more difficult, and your risk of falling and sustaining a serious personal injury grows with each passing day.

Even if you aren’t used to exercising, or your physical endurance isn’t the best, it is important to keep in mind that every little bit counts when it comes to strengthening your muscles. Don’t be afraid to start small and work your way up, as long as you are moving forward with your exercises.

Below are six lower body exercises that can help build muscle strength and improve your ability to prevent injury when completing ever day tasks:

  1. Back Leg Raise- strengthens your buttocks and lower back.
  2. Side Leg Raise- strengthens hips, thighs, and buttocks.
  3. Knee Curl- strengthens thighs and buttocks.
  4. Leg Strengthening- strengthens your thighs and may reduce symptoms of arthritis of the knee.
  5. Chair Stand- strengthens your abdomen and thighs.
  6. Toe Stand- strengthens your calves and ankles.

For details on each of these exercises, read more here.

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