Standing Squats

Stand with feet straight ahead, shoulder width apart. Bend your elbows to 90º with hands at the opposite elbows. Keep your chest out and up, and your head and neck straight. Bend the knees and hips, lowering the torso. Keep the body weight over the heels so your knees do not move in front of the feet. Try to lower your body until the thighs are parallel to the floor. For balance, you may let your arms come in front. Exhale as you rise back up, pushing through the entire foot and extending your lower body joints. (If you hold dumbbells in your hands, the arms should be straight at your sides.)



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