Denise Austin, 65, Shares Squat Workout Perfect for Women Over 50: ‘You Can Do It’

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Denise Austin shares how she tones her legs and glutes in her latest workout video.
She shares squat variations that are perfect for women "over 50".
Austin demonstrates how to do the leg raise squat, side squat, and plie squat.
At 65, Denise Austin wants us all to know that age is just a number, especially when it comes to exercise. From menopause tips to revealing her secrets to super toned abs, the fitness icon is always sharing her secrets of how she looks and feels so good. And now she's showing women over 50 the importance of a good squat workout with "#FitOver50," a hashtag she uses on social media to show her followers how to enjoy exercise as they get older.
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In the fitness star's latest Instagram video, she appears on her yoga mat and explains that she'll demonstrate how to "lift and tone your butt" with three variations of the classic squat. Austin gives some amazing pointers, and it's clear that everything she does is working. Take her strut as a fall and dot on the Miami Swim Week Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Runway last month. After her runway, she declared that making other women feel good is her "life's mission" and emphasized how passionate she is about helping women over 50 achieve their fitness goals.
"Squats are one of the BEST exercises you can do!! The more muscle you have, the more fat your body burns..." Austin explains in the caption. "And squats target two of the largest muscles in your body (quads and butt)... Try these different variations!! And if you master one step to the next, you can do it!! #FitOver50"
We'll walk you through how to do all the butt burning exercises she shares so you too can be a part of the #fitover50 journey.
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Squat plus leg raise
Austin says this squat variation is a "great way to reshape that bottom half." She begins the movement with her arms outstretched in front of her while bending at the knees and performing a classic squat. Then, as she straightens her body to stand up (where the movement would normally end), she kicks one leg back and gently swings her arms back. "Squeeze your buttocks," Austin instructs. "Looks great from behind!"
Side squat
For the side squat, Austin explains that you should "move sideways and outward," which "works those legs" and "tones your butt." She begins the movement with her hands on her hips and places her left leg on the left side of her mat. She then brings her right leg over to meet the left and repeats the left-to-right movement.
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The third move "works your inner and outer thighs," explains Austin. It looks similar to a regular squat — but with a few key differences. She starts in a wide leg pose with toes pointing out and her hands on her hips before lowering into a squat. "If you're over 50 and have knee problems, just go halfway," explains Austin. "It works, too." As she continues the movement, Austin points to the camera and reminds us to "squeeze those buttocks — if you don't squeeze them, no one else will!"
We love how Austin inspires women week in week out to be their best selves. Whether it's another runway appearance or a new workout video, we're excited to see what's next for the fitness star.
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