When life gets you down, exercise can bring you back up. Research has shown that exercise can enhance mood and improve symptoms of depression. Whether it’s a brisk walk, an aerobic dance class, or a weightlifting session, exercise can promote a positive attitude and self-perception. Follow this squat exercise routine to get yourself, and your mood, back up:
Start from a seated position in a sturdy chair that’s placed against a wall to avoid the chair from being pushed back. Stand up from the chair, extending your knees, hips and torso while keeping your feet flat on the floor. Keep your chin and head looking straight ahead. Exhale as you stand up from the chair. To return back to the chair, allow your hips and knees to flex slowly while keeping your torso from folding too far forward. Keep your heels on the floor and keep knees aligned over your feet. Continue flexing hips and knees until thighs are parallel to the floor. Inhale as you return to the seated position.
Looking straight ahead as you lift will prevent you from folding your torso. Sticking your rear end out will also prevent you from rounding your back, keeping back muscles tight to work efficiently with the squat. The chair is there to get you accustomed to this technique without falling. Eventually, as you get used to descending without touching the chair, you may perform this exercise without the chair and with weights to add resistance.