As we age, our joint mobility can become compromised, which often means it becomes more difficult to get up from our favorite chair or walk up a flight of stairs. By adding knee extension exercises to a resistance-training workout, you'll strengthen your hamstrings, the back of your upper legs.
Knee extension exercises can be done while sitting.
- While sitting on a sturdy chair, tie one end of your resistance band around one ankle and the other end to a secure, heavy object located behind you.
- Bend your knees at a 90-degree angle.
- Working one leg at a time, slowly straighten your knee as high as you comfortably can against the resistance of the band.
- Slowly bend your knee.
- Relax, and then repeat with the opposite leg.