30 Day Squat Challenge: Toning the Lower Body
Squats are king of exercises targeting the lower body muscles. With dumbbell weights, squats can be especially effective. And with Spring just around the corner, this challenge could be your all-in-one miracle worker. Grab an accountability partner and let’s get to it!
Squats work muscles in the back, quads, glutes, hamstrings, and calves. However, the key, is doing them properly. Say it with me friends…”p r o p e r l y”. So take your time during this squat challenge and don’t sacrifice quality over quantity. If it takes you longer than 30 days to complete – then OK.
How to properly squat:
- Stand with feet slightly wider than hip-width
- Chest up and out, abdominals contracted
- Be careful not to arch your back
- Try not to extend your knees past your toes
- Squat down until thighs are parallel to the floor
Standing in front of a mirror, if possible, is the best way to keep accurate form. Choose a dumbbell weight that’s comfortable. Don’t hesitate to decrease the weight if necessary.
Check out some of our favorite dumbbells that can be used for multiple types of exercises and that you can be sure to use in future challenges.
Go ahead and take some before and after photos and share them with us. We’d love to see your progress!