Don’t Know Squat?

One of the best exercises for you, whether you’re trying to build muscle or lose weight is the squat.

Squats can be done in almost any location, with or without the use of weights or equipment. Adding weights to your squat routine by using dumbbells or a barbell works the muscles of the upper body, essentially giving you a full body workout in one exercise.

A squat routine thoroughly engages the quadriceps, hamstrings and calf muscles, thus helping to tone and strengthen the legs. And you can increase the intensity by slowing the motion down. Squats also give your glutes a powerful workout, helping to tighten and lift the butt. If you give your glutes an extra squeeze when returning to a standing position, you may find it increases the effect.

Squats also engage the core muscles of the body since abdominal and back muscles are needed to keep balance during the movement, so this results in a tighter flatter abdomen and a stronger lower back.  Make a conscious effort to hold in your abdominal muscles while squatting down to enhance this effect.

Since the ankles, knees, hips and lower back are all utilized in the squatting motion, doing squats helps joint flexibility. Be sure to maintain proper form to avoid injury, and if you feel any pain in these areas, stop doing the exercises and seek the guidance of a qualified trainer.

If you are new to squats, or perhaps even new to working out, and are having difficulty in maintaining stability, try placing an exercise ball between your back and the wall. As you squat, the ball will roll in place and will give you a feeling of steadiness.

"Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn't formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them." ~ Lee Haney

 

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