Build a Better Knee: How To Do Half-Squats

One of the best ways to avoid an injury is to strengthen the muscles around the knee: the quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.

“Having strong muscles around the knee takes the stress off of the knee itself and places it where it belongs — on those muscles,” says Brian Jennings, PT, OCS, physical therapist with Gwinnett Medical Center’s Gwinnett SportsRehab.

Want stronger legs? Try these half-squats:

STAND with your feet shoulder distance apart, with your hands resting on your thighs.

KEEP your chest lifted and slowly lower your hips about 10 inches as if you are sitting down onto a chair.

PLANT your weight in your heels and hold for five seconds.

PUSH through your heels and bring your body up to standing

REPEAT for three sets of 10.

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