Let's chat about Squats
Somewhere, sometime ago, I read or heard that if a person does only one exercise ever then that exercise should be squats. Yes, those painful deep knee bends as the nuns called them in gym class so long ago. Or in yoga terms; chair pose. No matter what you call them they all add up to the same thing, pain.
However, what is more painful both physically and emotionally is when you do go into a squat, say to feed the dog, and then you struggle to get up the embarrassment is legion. Right? Do you feel me here?
Mostly, my favorite form of exercise is bending my elbow with seven ounces of Chardonnay, but after several embarrassing incidents of being stuck to the floor, I’ve decided to squat, squat, squat. I would say, squat my ass off but I already suffer from flat ass.
Where to start? Lucky me, I found the 100 squats a day challenge on Buzzfeed
Naturally, being impulsive, I started right off the bat. No bothering to measure my flat butt like I should have but at least I did start right? But how do you stick with it and make progress?
This is how I do it and maybe this will be a help to you.
Every morning, while I brush my teeth, I squat.
My toothbrush runs for something like four minutes and in that time I can proudly say I can do fifty squats. Could I do that many the first day? No effing way. Maybe I could do ten but I stopped after probably three. Today, I don’t have to stop until thirty-seven-ish.
But wait you’re saying that’s only fifty. Well, don’t you brush twice a day? Yeppers, I get the other fifty in at night. Plus I’ll deep knee bend a few times while the water boils, the coffee brews and sometimes waiting for the dog to poop. (With Ollie I can get in close to forty waiting)
Did I do one hundred every day for the first week? HA! Heck no. I worked my way up after days and weeks. It’s been thirty days now and the difference I feel is nothing short of amazing.
As a chronic low back and hip pain sufferer it’s easy to pass on exercising because everything hurts. The paradox is though that if you exercise it hurts less. So I stuck with the squats and now, drumroll please I feel so much better all over. My hip feels new, my lower back is nearly pain free and best of all I can get up off the floor with out feeling like I’m thirty years older than I am.
What about you all? Do you love exercising? Do you hate it? Do you want to join me in the 100 squat challenge? Tell me all about it in the comments below. Let’s keep chatting!
Yours in techni-color