• Squat Everyday Challenge

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    What to do: Squat everytime you open the fridge, or get up from a chair or bed

    Too many people believe the only time you'll making progress physically is in the gym. This shouldn't be the case at all.

    The more ways you can incorporate physical activity into your day, the better. That's precisely what we're talking about in this week's challenge. The challenge is going to be to perform one squat each time you get up from bed, open the fridge, or stand up from a chair. Sounds hard? That's why we call it a challenge, playa.

    Let's go over what you need to know.

    Why Squat?

    Squats are an excellent lower body strengthening movement that target the glutes, hamstrings, as well as the quads.

    They require your core muscles to contract in order to keep your body in the upright position, so will strengthen the mid-section as well.

    Since the squat uses so many muscles at once, it also is ideal for burning up calories quickly. Doing numerous squats over the course of the day could help to boost your metabolic rate by a significant amount.

    How To Squat Properly

    In order to squat properly, there are a few important things to keep in mind. First, make sure that your knees are following your toes the entire time. If you ever let them move inwards or outwards, this could place immediate stress on the knee joint.

    Second, make sure that you aren't leaning forward too much. Some people will bend over too much at the waist, which places a high amount of strain on the lower back. Keep the head looking straight forward to prevent this.

    Finally, make sure to go as low down as you possibly can. Don't only go halfway down - that will only produce half the results. Try and get your bum as low to the ground as possible to make the exercise most effective.

    If you are experiencing knee pain, going below parallel may place more strain on the knee ligaments, increasing the amount of pain you feel. In this case, only squat down until your thighs are parallel to the ground.

    Different Types Of Squats To Try

    Finally, it's also helpful to consider a few of the different squat variations that you can perform. You can do standard squats where the feet are placed about shoulder width apart and facing forward.

    Or, you can turn the feet out slightly and widen your stance to perform a sumo squat. This will target the inner and outer thighs to a higher degree.

    Or, you can try and perform the squat on just a single leg and really up the intensity. Note that this is much more advanced however, so you might want to stick to the basic squat for a while before moving to this level.

    So start being more consciously aware of yourself over the coming week. Each time you get up from bed or chair, or open the fridge, squat down. I guarantee you'll be stronger by the end of the week.

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  • Johnsons 1544 days ago
    This was such a great challenge it was hard at first but it got easier
  • Getting Healther 1687 days ago
    Hi, squats today is 10
  • ccgrandy 1722 days ago
    I've done over 10 squats today
  • Colemanjess 1816 days ago
    This one I pretty easy for me:) gotta say doin way better then I thought I would!!
  • Colemanjess 1818 days ago
    Yes :)) this plus ten wall squares I'm gonna be Sore!
  • Biancax3 1856 days ago
    25 squats 40 jumping jacks
  • Karyne_033_ 1895 days ago
    I did a lot of them and I feel great
  • FitPauliukas14 1984 days ago
    20 squats everyday maybe more
  • Babob 2034 days ago
    This one is harder than you think! Go squatters!!
  • Tommie 2037 days ago
    Not so easy to remember.
  • ljiles 2096 days ago
    This is a real challenge, but will give it a try.
  • Averi 2104 days ago
    I didnt do squats today
  • HaleyFarmer 2131 days ago
    I started this today I'm so excited to get healthy!!
  • Keepout13 2135 days ago
    I did it today & I'll do it tomorrow! <3
  • Tommie 2136 days ago
    Trying. Squatting is not easy.
  • Bubas 2138 days ago
    40 squats done! More to go workout with the baby
  • Rachie_Wai7 2157 days ago
    I'm doing this but sometimes it hard to remember to go it everyday -_- If anybody has any advice on how to remember to do this everyday it would be helpful!!! THANK YOU!!!
  • aburke626 2171 days ago
    My quads are killing me, but I won't quit!
  • Jazmin.zapata 2175 days ago
    80 squats today!! SQUAT CHALLENGE!
  • Dj 2247 days ago
    A lot but hard but still doing it

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