No Dumbbells Required: 5 Strength-Building Exercises
Classic exercises you can do almost anywhere.
To begin building muscle, you don't need a gym membership—or even a set of hand weights. Here are a few classic exercises you can do almost anywhere. With each, strive for three sets of eight to 12 repetitions, resting 30 to 60 seconds between sets; as the exercises become easier, mix up your routine to challenge your muscles in different ways. (For more moves, check out


Squats activate all four muscles of the quadriceps, which are important for stability as you age. Make sure your knees don't go past your toes as you squat.