Step Ups: Place foot of first leg on bench. Stand on bench by extending hip and knee of first leg. Step second leg up and, without touching toes to the bench, raise your knee up to hip-height. Step down to the floor with second leg. Return to original standing position by placing foot of first leg to floor. Repeat first step with opposite leg alternating first steps between legs.
This photo is from Women’s Health Magazine online. You can vary the intensity of this exercise by using higher steps, a bench or a sturdy chair. You can also add dumbbells for added resistance.