If you give a squat about your health – then you’ll do just that…. Squat!
There are over 640 muscles in the body and squats activate almost half of them. Squats are one of the best total body strength exercises that you can practice. They are great for not only your muscles, but connective tissue and skeletal system as well.
The quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes are some of the largest muscle groups in your body. When you work those large muscle groups – you burn more calories.
Squats are simple, but form is important to stay injury free and to get the most out of your squats.
Here is the proper way to do a squat. Make sure to stick your bottom out as if you’re are going to sit back into a chair. Your knees should be in alignment with your heels and should not jet out over your toes. Stomach pulled in and keep your upper body lifted. You’ll bend at the knees – go down to about a 90 degree angle or so (if you can) and then straighten the legs to a standing position. Be sure you don’t lock your knees, keep them soft. Repeat and repeat often.
How about a little squat challenge for ya? Are you up for it?
Alright..pick a time today and set an alarm for 60 seconds. Do as many squats as you can in that timeframe, making sure you keep good form. Each day that you practice this exercise – add 10 seconds to the clock. At the end of this week you’ll be squatting it out for 2 minutes 10 sec. This may not sound like a very long time, but your legs may think otherwise.
Always make sure to check with your doctor if you have had injuries or have any medical conditions when starting any new exercise plan!
So…are you ready? Let’s go! Let’s all give a squat.
Post how you did in the comments below. I love hearing about your experiences and your health progress.