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Flexy lady -- stretching it to get fit

Published 28/03/2011 | 05:00

Your ability to squat is influenced by your flexibility. The most common areas are tightness of the hips as the more time you spend sitting down, the tighter we become and the more our back rounds.

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A rounded back increases your risk of injury so stretching the hip flexors and the bum or glutes area allow you to descend in a squat in an upright position.

For people with poor ankle flexibility, a wedged board may be placed under the heels to allow proper hip alignment. As you squat the weight of the dumbbells and your bodyweight will help stretch the Achilles tendon.

These two tips will allow you to get nearer to receiving the benefits that full squatting and its derivatives can give you.

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