Why Squats Are a Girl’s Best Friend

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YOUR DAILY FIT TIP
By Jorge Cruise

Strong leg muscles lend you mega-watt sex appeal, but they also have a functional purpose: Sturdier legs improve balance and allow you to walk, run and move with greater ease.

The chair squat is a fantastic leg-firming exercise that’s easy to learn. You can do this exercise while tuning into your favorite TV program, sunbathing in the backyard, or while you’re waiting to catch a flight. (I know that sounds silly, but why not make use of downtime at the airport?) Squatting strengthens your quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes, meaning you will also sculpt your tush. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Stand in front of a chair with your feet hip-width apart. Cross your arms, keep your back straight, abs tight, and head up.

Step 2: Breathe slowly and rhythmically as you squat as if you were about to sit in the chair through a count of 10 seconds.

Step 3: Hold for 2 seconds at the maximum tension point, about 2 inches from touching the chair.

Step 4: Push through your heels as you stand and return to the starting point through a count of 10 seconds.

Step 5: Repeat three times without resting.

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