Squats are one of the most beneficial forms of exercise, providing a vigorous workout for several different muscle groups. But overdoing squats, or performing them improperly, can lead to some uncomfortable side effects.
When going down into a squat, many people rest the bulk of their weight in the knees and do not sit back far enough into the squatting position. This causes undue stress and great discomfort in the knees.
Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain that comes from doing squats can have two possible sources. Either your technique is wrong--adding pressure to the lower back--or your glutes or hamstrings have stiffened. This causes the hips to fall out of alignment and creates back pain.
When experiencing hip pain as a result of squatting, it is often a stretching issue. Be sure to stretch the hip flexor muscle to relieve discomfort.
Like hip pain, groin pain is typically brought on by not properly stretching the hip flexor. Stretch this muscle often, and if that doesn't work, try assuming a wider stance in your squats.
Proper form is the key to avoiding the painful side effects of squats. Be sure you are following appropriate squatting technique.
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