The squat (weighted or unweighted) is by far the best core exercise ever! The squat strengthens the core stabilizers and tones the muscles of the thigh, butt, abs and back. To perform the squat:
1.) Stand with your legs hip width apart with your toes and knees pointing forward.
2.) Draw in the belly button toward the spine and brace the abs, and keep your bottom squeezed.
3.) Reach your arms forward (or grab your weight) and keep your head stacked over your pelvis.
4.) Lower your hips as low as you can without compromising your form (watch that the lower back does not arch).
5.) Keep your eyes fixed forward and your head stacked over your hips.
6.) Then stand up tall.
Repeat the exercise for 1 set of 25 repetitions. Work the exercise daily increasing your repetitions gradually so that by the end of the week you are doing 35 repetitions. Continue to add 10 reps per week so by the end of the month you will be able to complete 55 reps.
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