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Five reasons you can’t squat

Fitness - By Nina Odongo | October 22nd 2020 at 11:00:00 GMT +0300
Squats work many muscles that help in day-to-day functions (Shutterstock)

Squats are important as they work many muscles that help in day-to-day functions such as sitting or walking. However, for some people, try as they may, they are unable to squat without discomfort or bad form.

Understanding why can help you work on improving your squats:

  1. Poor ankle mobility

Poor ankle mobility is caused by tight calves, bad posture, high heels and lack of use, and puts pressure on the lower back causing pain.

  1. Poor hip mobility

Tightness in your hips is generally caused by a sedentary lifestyle and can cause your feet to flare out when squatting, putting pressure on your knees.

  1. Weak glutes

Your bum is your largest muscle. If it is weak, you will not be able to generate enough force to drive out of the bottom of your squat.

  1. Weak core

A strong core helps you maintain an upright stance in a squat. A weak concentrate the load in your lower back, causing pain.

  1. Anatomy

Sometimes your anatomy will get in the way of your form, e.g. if you are tall or have large feet or a long torso, this can affect how squat.

  2. 1. Four must-do glute activation exercises
  3. 2. Seven tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle
  4. 3. Simple exercises to strengthen your knees
  5. 4. How to get the most out of your workouts

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