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Should Seniors Try Squatting Exercises?

by Dr. Ruth Heidrich, Senior Fitness Expert
August 26, 2016

Question: Should seniors try squatting exercises?

Answer: Doing simple squats as part of a regular fitness routine keeps the quadriceps and gluteus muscles strong. These are the main muscles of the hips and thighs. They are critical because we tend to lose muscle mass as we age unless we make specific efforts to exercise them. These are the muscles that enable us to get up out of chairs, up off the toilet unassisted, and go up and down stairs.  You can start by doing 3 sets of ten mini-squats at first, building up to full squats where there is a 90 degree angle between your torso and thighs. Do not go lower than that.  As that becomes easy, add hand weights to add to the challenge.

A world-champion Ironman triathlete, Dr. Ruth Heidrich, with a Ph.D. in Health Management and being a Certified Fitness Trainer, has been a staunch educator in promoting a healthy lifestyle. She's a winner of over 900 trophies in races such as 6 Ironman triathlons, 67 marathons, bicycling & swimming including 8 gold medals in the Senior Olympics, all this after her diagnosis of Stage 4 breast cancer. More information is available at

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