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  • As we age our skin tends to lose elasticity and muscles lose strength and bulk
  • This can cause droopy skin, especially around the knees
  • Unless you keep muscles strong, advises personal trainer Nadya Fairweather

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WHAT TO DO

As we age our skin tends to lose elasticity and muscles lose strength and bulk. This can cause droopy skin, especially around the knees — unless you keep muscles strong, advises personal trainer Nadya Fairweather (u-shape.co.uk).

Focus on the quad muscles at the front of your legs. Try 15 squats, then a brisk walk up and down stairs, a five-minute power walk, then ten walking lunges.

For a walking lunge, start with feet shoulder-width apart, hands on hips. Step forward with one leg, flexing the knees to drop your hips until your back knee nearly touches the ground. Repeat on other leg.

Focus on the quad muscles at the front of your legs. Try 15 squats, then a brisk walk up and down stairs, a five-minute power walk, then ten walking lunges

Focus on the quad muscles at the front of your legs. Try 15 squats, then a brisk walk up and down stairs, a five-minute power walk, then ten walking lunges

Focus on the quad muscles at the front of your legs. Try 15 squats, then a brisk walk up and down stairs, a five-minute power walk, then ten walking lunges

WHAT TO EAT

To help improve skin elasticity around the knees, we need to eat foods that will encourage production of elastin and collagen. These compounds help to tighten loose skin, says nutritionist Shona Wilkinson (shonawilkinson.com).

Red peppers are a great source of vitamin C, which helps collagen production. Add peppers to your salads, casseroles and sandwiches.

Red peppers are a great source of vitamin C, which helps collagen production. Add peppers to your salads, casseroles and sandwiches

Red peppers are a great source of vitamin C, which helps collagen production. Add peppers to your salads, casseroles and sandwiches

Red peppers are a great source of vitamin C, which helps collagen production. Add peppers to your salads, casseroles and sandwiches

Blackberries are another delicious way to improve skin elasticity. They are high in anthocyanidins, which are plant pigments that help strengthen collagen fibres. 

Blackberries also have the added benefit of being free from our hedgerows, of course — so add them to your daily smoothie.

WHAT TO WEAR 

S’well bottle 

amara.com

 

£25 Shop

Sports bra 

victoriassecret.com

 

£13.64 Shop

Top 

johnlewis.com

£25 Shop

Leggings 

marksandspencer.com

 

£25 Shop

Trainers 

nike.com

 

£90 Shop

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