Get fit in 15 minutes: The best exercise and nutrition to prevent your skin from sagging around your knees
- Personal trainer Nadya Fairweather reveals the best exercise for your knees
- Shona Wilkinson advises pairing the work out with a diet that’s rich in vitamin C
- British style expert, Liz Hemmings picks out items to wear for the work out
WHAT TO DO
As we age we tend to notice the skin around our knees sagging more, says celebrity personal trainer Nadya Fairweather (u‑shape.co.uk). So try a seated wall squat to keep them strong.
Stand back to a wall, bottom touching, arms down, palms facing forward, chin off chest. Slowly sit your bottom down, moving your feet away from the wall as you go until your hips and knees are at a 90-degree angle. Hold this sitting stance for 30 seconds. Stand back up, shake out legs, do some shoulder rolls and begin again.
Try for three sets of 30 seconds. If that’s too easy try for a longer hold until you feel the quadriceps (tops of your legs) working.
Personal trainer Nadya Fairweather suggests practicing seated wall squats to keep the skin around your knees strong
WHAT TO EAT
Nutritionist Shona Wilkinson (shonawilkinson.com) says these foods will help prevent sagging skin.
Bone broth is a great source of collagen, which keeps skin plump. It’s best to make your own with bones from the butcher. But if this takes too much time, buy it ready-made.
Citrus fruits are great for tightening skin, due to their vitamin C content. This is a vital nutrient required by our body to make its own collagen. Berries are also good; snack on them as much as possible or add them to a smoothie.
Garlic is high in sulphur, which helps to synthesise and prevent collagen loss. It’s best raw, but add cooked garlic to meals, too.
WHAT TO WEAR