Daily Fit 06/12/2019: Are You Squatting Right?
Workout Tip Of The Day: Squatting with the right form can keep you from getting injured and it ensures that you’re targeting the right muscles. Here’s how to squat correctly.
If you’re looking for a low-impact, full-body workout that specifically targets your hips, glutes, quads, hamstrings and core, squats are the way to go. Squatting may seem self-explanatory, but even experienced gym-goers often make mistakes when doing this exercise. Here are a few tips to help you perfect your squat form and reap the most benefits from this exercise.
1. Keep your back flat throughout the entire movement.
When you squat, you want to avoid looking like a turtle — rounding your spine while you perform a squat will put unnecessary stress on your lower back which can lead to future injuries. Instead, focus on engaging your core muscles, which will help you keep a flat back throughout the entire movement. A good cue is to think of maintaining a big chest and pulling your elbows back while squatting.
2. Look directly in front of you while you squat.
Although some people claim that looking up while you squat is better for your spine, this can actually strain your neck and put unnecessary pressure on your upper back. Try instead to look directly in front of you throughout the entire movement. A good way to do this is to stand in front of a mirror — if you’re locking eyes with yourself while you squat you’re doing it right.
3. Squat low, but not too low.
Make sure that you’re actually engaging your quadriceps and glutes when you squat by lowering yourself just below the point where your thighs are parallel to the ground, meaning slightly lower than a 90-degree position. But, unlike what you may have heard, dropping it low below this point isn’t actually necessary and can become dangerous when you’re lifting heavy weights because it makes it harder to lift yourself back up (remember, you’re not at a club). Click through for more tips that’ll help you squat like a pro. [The Active Times]
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