What’s exactly in a squat?
More than you think, actually. But get it right and you will have a butt to die for and legs toned and strong!
At Transition Zone’s event with Sweaty Betty last Sunday we learn what goes in to a decent squat. Here Claire Finley, Sweaty Betty ambassador, goes through three simple steps to ensure you’re busting it out right, too…
It’s a compound exercise (uses two or more different joints) that uses multiple, large muscle groups.
Great for… targeting glutes, quads, quadriceps and hamstrings!
Strengthens bones, ligaments and tendons.
And you’ll burn calories.
WHAT MAKES A BAD SQUAT?
An arched lower back or rounded upper back.
Bending from the knee rather than the hips.
Weight forward, not back.
Heels raised off of the floor.
Gaze is down and closed chest.
IMPROVE YOUR SQUAT BY:
Feet hip width apart – facing forward.
Flex at the hip first (not knees) by sticking your bottom back and down.
Keep looking forwards while pinching
1) Wash the car
Go on, it needs a good clean, anyway. If you’ve got a van, then you’ll really work up a sweat. Make sure to switch hands when you’re scrubbing to get a good, even workout.
2) Get off your trolley
No, not like that! Opt for a shopping basket rather than a trolley if you’re not planning a huge shop, and really work your upper body. If you really must use a trolley, once you’ve bagged everything up, carry it back to the car by hand.
3) Spring clean in summer
Yep, that’s right. But we’re not talking a regular dust ’n’ wipe here; we’re talking moving the furniture, scrubbing the walls and all that jazz. It’ll get your heart going, and you’ll be rewarded with a sparkling house!
4) See the sights
How well do you know your local area? Set aside a day with friends to walk around the local sights, as if you were tourists. You may be surprised how many calories you burn in a day spent scurrying around on your feet.
5) Stairway to fitness
An oldie but a goldie: don’t even think about calling for that lift! Dragging yourself up the stairs might seem tough
What’s your diet goal for 2015? To beat the bulge and get into shape? A MORI survey found that the average British woman will spend 31 years of her life on a diet – sad, eh? There’s more to life than restricting calories. In fact there are tons of easy ways to fend off the extra pounds without miserably totting up your daily calorie intake. Try these super-easy tips and tricks to help you reach your ideal weight and stay there for life!
The more you exercise, the hungrier you get and so you might eat more or believe you ‘deserve’ to eat more after a good workout. In some cases you might just want to eat more as a reward for having survived the session. It’s important to eat according to our whole day’s activity level, not just according to how hard you’ve exercised in the gym, particularly if you have a sedentary job.
Ditch the boyfriend
Don’t panic – it’s only for the workout. Men usually burn more calories than women in the same workout due to being heavier, in addition to which Mother Nature acts to protect women’s role as child bearer, which means we maintain adequate