Squat Exercise

squat exercise suitable for during pregnancyAim

Equipment Required: none, or use hand weights as an alternative

Technique

  1. Stand with your feet about two feet apart and toes turned comfortably out.
  2. Slowly bend your knees, keeping your back flat.
  3. Keep your knees over your toes - don't let them roll in.
  4. Rise slowly, concentrating on the leg muscles as you push upward.
  5. Start with five repetitions, and increase to 20 as you get fitter. To further advance this exercise, stay down for 15 to 30 seconds, then rise up slowly.

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Fitness Extra

If you are new to exercise, consider getting a medical assessment before doing too much. Fill out a PARQ to see if you are ready. The best thing you could do is perform a warm-up before each fitness session, which should include some stretching. When training, following correct exercise technique can help reduce injuries and maximise fitness gains.

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