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Fulton Fit: Body-weight squat

Sara McDaniel, interim executive director at the YMCA of Callaway County, demonstrates this simple yet extremely effective move. Perform the body-weight squat anytime you are waiting in line or pumping fuel into your vehicle. Who cares if you look funny to others? You are becoming fit and healthy. And that, my friends, never goes out of style!

•Stand tall with feet shoulder-width apart.

•Push your hips back as if you are sitting on an invisible chair, lowering your body until your thighs are parallel with the floor.

•Do not let your knees go beyond your toes. Thus, be sure to really sit back in your heels. If you can lift up your toes without compromising the squat, you are performing the exercise both safely and correctly.

•Hold the squat for a few seconds.

•Pushing through your heels, return to the starting position.

•Perform as many reps as you can for one minute. Remember: quality over quantity, so make each rep count.

If you are interested in attending Y-Fit classes or personal training options, send an email to fitness coordinator Jennifer Books at jenniferbooks.ymca@sbcglobal.net.

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