Often called the King of all exercises, Squats can be effective not just for lower body but also for the upper body. It helps in increasing strength and boosts exercise performance. The list of benefits is endless, from improving lower body mobility and keeping you moving, strengthening upper and lower body muscles by targeting the most number of muscles in the body.
While proper squats can have a lot of perks, when done wrong it can have unfortunate consequences. Some of those consequences can be an increased threat of injury and unnecessary and additional stress on ligaments and joints.
Though there can be many ways to do a squat, the simplest and effective one would be a basic squat. As you do it more often you can progress onto more complex ones that use weights.
Follow these steps to do a perfect first squat.
- Keep your feet at a length slightly wider than your hip-width.
- Take a deep breath and look straight and keep your chest up, engage and pull your abdomen inside and simultaneously shift your weight onto your heels while you push your hips back into a sitting position.
- Keep going lower until your hips are parallel to the floor.
- Pause with when your knees are over your toes.
- Slowly exhale while you come back to the initial position.