Exercise of the week: The Basic Squat

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This weeks exercise is the squat. This is another exercise that I love to hate, but it really has great benefits for your body. .It works on your hips, glutes (the butt), hamstrings, and even helps work your core. They require no equipment and can be snuck into your day with no problem. These would be another exercise that you can sneak in during the commercials of your favorite show. So how do you do them?

First get your feet about shoulder width apart. If you want, you can extend your hands out like the picture above, but just put your hands in a position that is comfortable. I prefer to keep my hands closer to my body. The next step is to inhale, engage your core, and squat down. Just pretend that you have a chair behind you and are trying to sit down. Make sure that you are maintaining your weight on your heels. As you move back in to the start position make sure that you exhale and continue to engage your core….It is as simple as that.  If you are new to doing squats you may want to try starting off by doing 20-30 squats and working your way up.

Make it easier: If you are still unsure if you are having proper form try using a chair. Squat down as if you are going to sit down, and then hover above the chair for 10 seconds before moving back to the start position.

Make it harder: If you have mastered the basic squat and need a challenge add more reps or add some weight to it. If you are going to use weights start of with 5lbs and work your way up. You can hold the weights to your side as you squat down, or hold it with both hands  near your chest. This added weight will allow you to have a greater results.

Remember to start off slow and listen to your body! Happy Squatting 🙂

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About Eunice

I like to joke that I am "a well of useless information" but for once I can share that information with people that might want to listen. I love trying new things and now I have an audience to share it with...hopefully. I hope you enjoy what you read :)

Posted on December 1, 2013, in Exercise of the week, Fitness and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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