We love making your exercise life happier around here, so every once in a while I like to share some random tip that has changed my workout life for the better. This one is kind of a fun one because you get to hop around a little, all in the name of exercise science. I honestly don't know why I love this one so much, other than it may be because it's so simple and it solves a problem that comes up in almost every workout I do. I learned this one a couple of months ago, from a barre instructor and thought it was a cool little tip.
You know how when someone is instructing you on proper form for squats, they say “feet underneath your hips,” or “feet hip distance apart”? Well, it’s hard to know what that is since you can’t really see yourself, right?
So, the tip is this: if you gently hop up and down three times, wherever your feet land after that third jump will be the proper distance for squats. It will be your natural “hip distance apart” stance. You don’t need to jump very high at all for this to work.
I do it all the time now before squats.
All I can say is that it’s a good thing that I don’t care at all about looking cool anymore, because I’m pretty sure I do not.
But I do look like I’m having fun.
And I am.