Monday, 4 November 2013

The Rookie’s Guide to – Squats.

One of the best ways to get started to get moving is identifying the areas which you would like to work on and improve. One common area is one that I’m admittedly using quite a lot right now, to write my post. While sitting down. That’s right y’all, it’s The Bum.

Bum, butt, backside, derriere, bottom, rump, gluteus maximus….  Being a student involves spending 93% of my time essentially sitting on the now-squishy backside.  Time to start changing that! Enter: The Squats.

Squats will tone both butt and legs. Practicing 5-10 squats in the morning using the proper form will ensure that then when you have to do it in everyday life it becomes easier and you're less likely to get injured as you age. Sustainability is key, my friend!

Let our friends at fitsugar tell us how to Squat like a beginner champ:

1. Stand straight with feet shoulder-width apart.
2. Toes should be pointed forward and engage your core by sucking your belly button into your spine to work your transverse abdominals. (The girdle that holds everything in your abdominals together.)
3. Slowly bend your knees and lower yourself to the ground as if to sit in a chair position.
4. Stop when your thighs are parallel with the floor.
5. Push back up through your heels, exhaling at the same time.

Key points:
Inhale when lowering body, exhaling when pushing back up.
Keep toes pointed forward.
Engage your abdominals.
Do not use your hands to help you push back up.
Don't allow your chest to drop and sink onto the tops of your thighs.

Got that? Right then: Ready, set, SQUAT!

I will be doing at least 5 in the morning to get me started. More on this next time!
What about you?

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