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Pulling off a squat is an art. Here is how you can do them correctly

Published on:22 August 2020, 15:07pm IST
Even our school teachers knew the power of squats that’s why it used to be their favorite punishment.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Squat your way to fitness. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Stepping into the world of fitness? We are glad that you are. But before you overload yourself with all kinds of exercises, it’s important to build your endurance. And the trick to do this is muscle strengthening. And without a doubt. if you do squats perfectly, then you will prepare your body for more challenges. 

Squats are not just meant for your legs
We know that you think squats are just for legs, but the truth is this exercise can target a whole lot of other muscle groups, including your lower back, abs, and obliques.

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In fact, according to studies squats can help in relieving chronic back pain by working on back muscles and releasing stiffness. 

Plus, free-weight exercises like squats are also known to build better resistance in your body. Due to this, you can improve both your stamina and muscle mass.

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Do you know that 100 squats a day can keep cellulite away?

But here’s the catch: squats can indeed bring you glory. But if you fail to do them properly, you can hurt yourself.

1. Stretch your legs before you begin
Forward bending, calf raises, lateral lunges, and forward lunges are a few stretches that you can do to relax your hamstrings, glutes, and thigh muscles. This will help you get into a squat better without any soreness or inflammation.

2. Take the support of a wall to maintain your posture
You just can’t master the art straightaway therefore it is always better to take the support of something. For a squat, you can take the support of the wall, pillar, chair, railing, or even your partner.

3. Don’t go too deep in the beginning
Initially, you might be all charged up to give it your 100%. But this happens to be the worst thing for your muscles. Always remember that slow and steady wins the race when it comes to fitness. Because if you end up hurting yourself and can’t continue with your routine, then what’s the point? So, when you start out go slow, giving your body a chance to gain strength to do a full squat.

This way you’ll easily achieve the full squat motion within less time than you expect.

4. Watch your angles
Alignment is everything when it comes to squats. Your back needs to be straight, your knees should not surpass your toes, you should have a proper gap between your legs, and your butts should be pulled out for uninterrupted movement.

To maintain the proper balance, you can take the help of your hands. You can keep them on your waist, head, or extend them in the front to maintain your posture.

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Ta-da! See how simple it was.

So, ladies, start off your fitness journey with a bang. Just follow these guidelines for at least 15 days and we promise that you’ll never go wrong with a squat.

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.