For my second weekly post offering tips or tricks to help with health and fitness, I wanted to share the 30 day squat challenge.
Last month I wanted to add a bit of a boost to my exercise mix, so I took up the squat challenge. I did it on top of my daily workout ritual. I fit it in while waiting for my spin class, or at the end of my run, or while I was making dinner. That is the beauty about this challenge, you can easily add it on top of what ever your workout schedule is now, without a huge time commitment, however you will be strengthening and burning extra calories. I definitely felt stronger and noticed difference in my shape. Save the workout image below to your phone that way you will have the workout with you where ever you go. Now that I completed the challenge I added three sets of 50 squats to my workouts twice a week. That is what is wonderful about this, its gradual and at the end you are strong and able to continue on past the 30 days. Challenge yourself and commit and you won’t be disappointed!!
Just make sure you do the squat properly. Standing in front of a mirror check out your form.
Stand as tall as you can with your feet spread slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Hold your arms straight out in front of your body at shoulder level, so that your arms parallel to the floor . Keep your torso as upright as you can for the entire movement, with your lower back slightly arched. Brace your abs, and lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees. Pause, then push yourself back to the starting position. That’s one repetition.