5 Minutes for Fitness: Squats

by Lisa

I cringe when people tell me they don’t do squats because they “hurt their knees”. The squat is a fundamental part of our lives! In fact, it is considered an “activity of daily living” when performing fitness assessments on seniors.
Squats are an excellent exercise that can be done anywhere and require no equipment. They will tone your backside and help sculpt your legs.

I have a knee injury, so I understand there might be discomfort involved. The key here is to master your form, and then adapt as necessary.

So what does a perfect squat look like?

Just take a glance at any baby or toddler nearby. Their spine is in alignment, their knees are in line with their toes, and they can easily move in and out of the position. Most children can squat so low to the ground that it appears as if they are sitting down.

I don’t know many adults (myself included) that can get that low with their squat. Modify the exercise by sinking down to your challenge point while maintaining focus on proper alignment. Practice your squats in front of a mirror to make sure that your back stays flat and you are keeping your knees in line.

Just starting out? Do your squats up against a wall. Look down and you should be able to see your toes. If not, your knees are too far out and you need to readjust.

Today’s challenge for you is to do 50 squats. Yes, you can! They do not have to be done all at once, just get 50 done before the end of the day and report back here. Go on now, get moving!

This column is hosted by Lisa. She can be found doing squats and lunges over at Workout Mommy.

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