After prepping for winter is completed and as we head deeper into winter, things begin to slow down for us farm girls as there is (slightly) less activity on the farm. And for me personally, less activity means that all my favorite comfort foods will soon become the only thing on my mind until January 1st. And as it turns out these go straight to my hips, butt and thighs. As usual I’ll panic once I realize that spring and summer is just around the corner. It’s the same yearly routine, I know the drill, so why on Earth do I continue to fixate on all that stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie when I know better?!!
Well that’s the thing, I don’t want know better. I always give in to the comforts of food every winter because it happens to be really good! I might never be able to stop my eating habits (comfort food… yum) and creating a New Year’s resolution is pointless; adding a few key exercises to my schedule right now, however, will do a world of good for the spots I have so much trouble with. 🙂
How To Do Body Weight Squats
Start in a standing position with feet slightly wider than hips. Turn feet outwards just a hair.
Slowly inhale as you squat down by bending the knees forward, keeping the back straight and knees pointed in the same direction as your feet. Keep the hips back and abdominal muscles tight. Descend until thighs are parallel to the floor.
After a slight pause, exhale as you extend your knees and hips until legs are straight and you are back in a standing position.
Do 3 sets of 8 – 15 reps. If this is a new exercise for you, don’t do this everyday. 2 days per week max is recommended.
When you are in the squat position, you’ll want to sit mid-heel for the comfort.
Rest a minute between sets.
Don’t allow your knees to fall too far forward.
Did you know that bodyweight squats can help prevent cellulite formation? It stretches in all the right places and increases circulation. Cool!
Engaging the abdominal muscles during this exercise not only tightens your tummy, but the motion of keeping your back straight while squatting strengthens you back as well.
Bodyweight squats help improve posture.