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*How To Do A Squat Correctly*
1. Stand with your feet hip width apart. (optional) Choose weights that will challenge you.
2.Keep your feet planted firmly on the floor, with your back straight and head facing forward. Tighten and pull in your abdominal muscles
3.Slowly lower your body, while bending your legs. Be sure not to lean forward. Don't allow your knees to extend over your toes. Keep squating until you are in a seated position.
4.After you have performed a full squat. Begin to lift you body and come to your starting position again.
5.Repeat the exercise
*Benefits Of Doing Squats*
*Tones the Legs*
Squat exercises thoroughly engage the quadriceps, hamstrings and calf muscles, which helps to tone and strengthen the legs. Slowing the motion down makes the workout that much more intense.
*Lifts the Butt*
Doing squats gives the glutes a powerful workout, helping to tighten and lift the butt. To increase this effect, give your glutes an extra squeeze when returning to a standing position.
*Strengthens the Core*
Squats engage the core muscles of the body. Abdominal and back muscles are needed to keep balance during the movement. The result is a tighter, flatter abdomen and a stronger lower back. Make a conscious effort to hold in your abdominal muscles while squatting down to increase this effect.
Doing squats increases joint flexibility. The ankles, knees, hips and lower back are all utilized in the squatting motion. Be sure to maintain proper form to avoid injury. If you feel any pain in these areas, stop doing the exercises until the pain is gone.
*Upper Body Workout*
Adding weights to your squat routine engages the muscles of the upper body, essentially giving you a full body workout in one exercise. You can accomplish this with the use of a barbell, dumbbells or a weighted vest. When adding weights to your routine, start with lighter ones and build as your strength increases.
**Please Note** You know your body better than anyone else. With that being said If it's too much for your knees or if it causes pain please don't continue to do this exercise. If you're only able to do a certain amount each day then stick with what's ok for you. If you have bad knees I would advice you not to do this workout. Always remember before starting any form of exercise to get your doctors ok on it before starting.