How to Squat
The squat is one of the most important functional exercises you can do. Getting up from any chair or sitting down on the loo, we do it countless times every day.
As we get older we can lose muscle mass and strength and simple things become a struggle. This is one exercise that should be a part of virtually everyone's routine, as it's relatively simple to perform, requires no equipment, and can be done just about anywhere.
If squats are SO important why do so many of us struggle with them? Why do we end up with aching knees or a tight back?
In this article I'll take you through the basic move and some techniques you can use to improve your squat and get the most out of this simple and accessible exercise.
Firstly let's break the movement down.
What are we working? Bum, Legs, Core
Although squats are often regarded as "leg" exercises, they actually offer benefits throughout your entire body, including deep within your core and really help develop great mobility and stability through the hip.
The squat recruits all the big muscles of the lower body as well as the finer stabilising muscles. You need to develop really good posture to do it well so your back and core come into play.
How? The basic body-weight move.
Plant you feet firmly on the floor about hip width apart or slightly wider. Imagine you are spreading the floor between your feet.
Keep the legs straight but the knees soft and not locked out.
Keep the head up, if possible checking your form in a mirror ahead.