The squat exercise is one of the easiest exercise to get your leg muscles working. The name comes from the motion that you are required to carry out - from standing to squatting.
Make sure that the angle between your calves and thighs is about 90 degrees. Also, keep your back straight.
Doing exercises too quickly are less effective in strengthening your muscles. On top of that, you risk injuring your joints from the strain even more.
This is not necessary to achieve maximum impact for the exercise. On top of that, your knee can get too much stress causing discomfort later on.
Keep your back as straight as possible at all times. It is fine to lean forward when you squat (it's natural) but do not arch your back. Keep your head, neck and back in a straight line. If you don't, you might injure your lower back.
When you get down to the squatting position, hold that position for 3 seconds. Then slowly return to the starting position.
You will feel a great big difference at the end of 8 repetitions.
Alternatively, you can use weights to make it harder. Carry a backpack filled with encyclopedias and try the workout!
If you have weights at home, great! Or even a resistance band!
Try it out now! You can report back to me with your success stories.
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