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3 Easy Moves for Stronger Knees

Prevent injury and reduce tightness with Denise Austin's three moves

Here are three strengthening exercises to help keep your knees strong and healthy. Try these exercises three to four times a week, or every day if you can.

Hamstring Stretch

This will stretch the back of your knee and knee joints. Stand tall, and place one foot in front of you. Bend your supporting knee slightly, and lean forward from your hips. Use a chair for added support.

Hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Switch sides and repeat.

Calf Raise

This exercise will strengthen the entire calf region. Using a chair for balance, lift one leg and bend your knee so your calf is parallel to the floor. While keeping that position, lift up high on your other foot, bringing your heel up and down.

Complete 10 on each side. Relax and repeat.

Quad Strengthener

To strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee, sit up straight in a chair and elevate one foot parallel to the ground. Lift the straight leg up and down.

Do 10 on each side. Relax and repeat.

Lateral Presses

This move will keep your knees healthy and strong. Place a resistance band around your ankles. Bending at your knees, step your right leg to the right, and then bring your left leg toward it. Then step your left leg to the left, and bring your right leg toward it.

Do 10 on each side. Relax and repeat.

Take control of your health today, because you are worth it. To find Austin's tips and ways to lead a healthier, more active life, go to aarp.org/DeniseAustin.

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