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6.05.2015

Workout of the Week: Squats

This week’s workout, we will be focusing on working the muscle groups in our legs, thighs, and backsides. Squats are an age-old exercise that can be done virtually anywhere. Here’s how to do them:

  • First, start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Next, slowly lower your body as if you are trying to sit in a chair that is a bit too far away (you can use your arms for balance). Try to bring your thighs as close to parallel to the floor as possible, keeping your back straight as you do this. Make sure your knees do not extend beyond the tips of your toes.
  • Slowly stand up, pushing through the heels of your feet, and come back to standing position.
  • Remember to tighten your stomach muscles to engage your core throughout the entirety of the exercise.
  • Repeat the squat 10 to 15 times.

If this is your first time (or first time in a while) doing a squat, you will likely feel it the next day. If you need more of a challenge, try adding 5 to 10 more squats each day of the week, or hold a weight in your hands while you do the exercise.

Want more fitness ideas?  If you’re a Health Advocate member with access to the Wellness Coaching program, reach out to your Wellness Coach for more healthy ideas to get—and stay—fit.  And remember, talk to your doctor before beginning any new fitness regimen.