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3 Signs You're Doing Squats All Wrong

By Genevieve Cunningham

Squats. The exercise that we all love to hate. This leg-specific move is so good for the development of leg muscles and general improvement in strength, but as easy as they may seem, many people are actually doing them wrong. And this may mean that you’re not getting the full potential and maximum results from the exercise. But how do you know whether your squat game is on target? Take a look at these signs that your squat is all wrong, and then find some help to make it strong.

You Feel Pain in Your Lower Back

When you do squats, you’re supposed to feel the strain in your legs. If you're feeling pain in the lower back, you're probably doing it wrong. This means that you are putting the weight and work into your lower back muscles instead of your glutes and quadriceps. Pay attention when you squat. If you're feeling strain in your lower back, adjust the way that you hold your weight until you feel the pressure in your legs.

Your Weight is in Your Toes

When you do a squat, the weight of your body is supposed to be settled into your heels. If the weight is in your toes, you may not feel the effects of the squat at all, or you may feel a bit of strain in your shin bones. The next time you do squats, pay attention to where you feel the weight of your body. Press the weight of your body into your heels on purpose and feel the heaviness. Once you shift the weight, you may suddenly notice more work present in the hamstrings and glutes instead of elsewhere in the body.

You Never Feel Sore

You don’t have to feel sore every time you work out. It doesn’t mean that you’re not getting a good workout, and it doesn’t mean that your muscles aren’t growing and changing. But if you have been doing squats for a while and you’ve never felt any soreness at all, it’s entirely possible that you’re not doing them correctly or that you’re not challenging yourself enough. Use the internet to find a video or a detailed description of how to do a squat properly. Follow the advice, and you’ll soon feel a bit of soreness to let you know you’re doing it right.

Squats are one of the best exercises for developing the legs and toning up. But this basic exercise won’t get the job done unless you do it just right. Use these tips to determine whether your form is on point, and if not, get some help to ensure proper squatting and better health for the long haul.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Miami Gardens, Fla.

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