Wall squats strengthen and sculpt your thighs and glutes, which is reason enough to do this easy-on-the-joints exercise.
Not sold yet? It can help prevent knee injuries and strengthen your core, plus, you can do it anywhere. All you need is a wall.
- Stand 12-18 inches from a wall.
- Squat down with your back against the wall. Your legs should be at no more than a 90 degree angle. You knees should be behind your toes.
- Start by holding the squat for 10 seconds. Build up to holding for 30 seconds and eventually 60 seconds.
- Push off the wall to come to a standing position. Repeat 4 times.
- To strengthen your inner thighs, hold a ball between your knees and tighten. Add an exercise ball between you and the wall to increase the intensity and work the core.
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