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benefits of squatting

Squatting is an innate movement, but our sedentary lifestyles often diminish our ability to perform the move. To achieve your proper form, trainer Julia Ladewski, CSCS, recommends visualizing a toddler learning to stand. Keep these cues in mind the next time you perform this exercise:

  1. Begin the squat by hinging at the hips and pushing your butt back.
  2. Keep your feet flat on the floor, balancing your weight evenly.
  3. Keep your chest up, shoulders pulled back, and spine neutral.
  4. Engage your core by bracing it throughout the movement.
  5. As your knees bend, keep pushing your hips back so your weight stays balanced in the middle of your feet.

This originally appeared in “Expert Answers: How Low Do I Need to Squat to Get the Full Benefits?” in the May 2017 issue of  Experience Life.

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