Squat Exercise - Simple And Effective

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.

Steps To Doing A Proper Squat Exercise

  • Stand straight with your feet shoulder width apart.

start position of squat exercise

  • Slowly move into a squatting position.

end position of squat exercise

Make sure that the angle between your calves and thighs is about 90 degrees. Also, keep your back straight.

  • Slow move from squatting to standing position.

  • Repeat the exercise 8 more times.

Things You Need To Avoid To Prevent Injuries

  • Do not rush your movements while doing the exercise.

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.

  • Avoid squatting all the way down.

things to avoid in squat exercise

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.

  • Do not bend your back while doing the exercise.

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.

How Can You Make It Tougher?

Do you find the exercise too simple for you? Perhaps you can try slowing down your movements even more.

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!

Final Words From Azri

Doing squats is a great way to train your legs. Remember, eight repetitions is a guideline. If you feel more confident, go further to try completing more repetitions.

Try it out now! You can report back to me with your success stories.

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