5 Minute Deep Squat Challenge
There are a ton of benefits to preforming squats on a daily basis. Including: Building strength in your legs and core, improves flexibility, helps with balance, can help with digestion, and much more!
But why aim to just hold a (deep) squat? In these times, people, in general, sit for LONG periods of time. Desk jobs for 7-9 hours. Sitting at home, binge watching Netflix. As we age, we lose the importance of human movement. And holding a deep squat for a few minutes a day can help bring that back.
Regaining flexibility in your legs & hips.
Gaining more mobility in your knees & ankles.
And helping to prevent lower back pain.
There are a plenty of countries, where people sit in a deep squat for comfort.
*If you struggle with lower body mobility, find something to hold onto (chair, couch, etc.)*
- Feet a little wider than shoulder width apart
- As you squat, body weight should be even on your feet (focus on being on your heels)
- You don’t want your knees going out too far. Or your back arching.
- Keep back straight
- Focus on just dropping your butt straight down
- You want your hips and butt to go as far below your knees as you can (you’ll go deeper with practice)
- Hold the position for a predetermined amount of time
When I tried it for the first time, I went into the hold for 60s with a 10s rest. And did that 5 times.
My first couple of squat were not deep at all. But, by the end, I felt like I’ve gotten pretty low.
And here is me continuing to do this daily.
Give it a try. Maybe start by doing 5-10 minutes a day. For best results, do it daily, and build the habit. It’s worth it!