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Are you Squatting properly?



Squats are one of most basic exercises that we are all familiar with. Not only this, it is one of the basic moves that is essential for our daily life functions. While this primal movement pattern is a base for many activities like, taking a seat and lifting heavy objects. Squats will not only prepare you to leap tall buildings as the Wonder Woman that you are, but they'll give you the strength to pick up heavy objects correctly by using your lower body instead of your back. One of the prime benefits of squats is that they’ll tone your glutes quicker than just about any other move on the planet. By recruiting pretty much all the muscles in your lower body, when you learn how to do a proper squat you’ll find yourself toning up faster and more effectively. Most athletic injuries involve weak stabilizer muscles, ligaments and connective tissues, which squats help strengthen. Many people shy away from doing squats if they have knee issues, but studies have shown that the muscles recruited and built when a person does a proper squat will actually improve knee stability and strengthen the connective tissues surrounding the knee. The best part? If you're not in the mood to walk 10 blocks to a workout class, or you're staying at a hotel without a gym, you can still throw on a pair of sneakers and rock a few squat reps using only your body weight.

Hence, learning how to do a proper squat from a fitness perspective sometimes requires a little coaching, especially to make sure you're doing them safely and effectively. Knowing how to do squats using your legs and not your back will translate into better workout performance and real-life


functionality. Also among the benefits of squats is that they're one of the most time-effective moves for shaping and strengthening your entire lower body, especially your backside. Since it engages all the major muscle groups of the lower body at once, you can actually squat your way to being an improved runner, tennis player, or dancer.

Proper Form to do a Squat-

1. Stand with feet a little wider than hip width, toes facing front.

2. Drive your hips back—bending at the knees and ankles and pressing your knees slightly open

3. Sit into a squat position while still keeping your heels and toes on the ground, chest up and shoulders back.

4. Strive to eventually reach parallel, meaning knees are bent to a 90-degree angle.

5. Press into your heels and straighten legs to return to a standing upright position.

Burning calories with squats is really a case of quality over quantity being more effective. Because doing a proper squat simultaneously recruits so many muscles, it is a great bodyweight exercise for building muscle!

Instead of worrying about how many squats burn 100 calories, focus on how to do a proper squat and building more muscle, since for every pound of muscle you gain, your body will burn an additional 50-70 calories per day.


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