Professional trainer Simon Waterson thinks one simple exercise could help you lose that post-Easter chocolate weight – squats. The fitness guru, who put James Bond actors Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig through their paces, appeared on This Morning to offer some much-needed advice to anyone who had overindulged during the recent holidays.
While Holly Willoughby said a lot of people “don’t like lunges and squats”, expert Simon said the reason they’re so good is because they exercise some of our biggest muscles. Demonstrating how to squat, he said: “Everyone dreads leg day. For everyone in the gym, it’s the worst day. But good friends don’t let you skip your legs.
“But the basic thing about the squat is that you don’t need any equipment and it’s easy. Your knees should be in line with your toes. You can raise your arms, squat at 90 degrees. And you come back at the beginning. And that’s it.
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Explaining why it’s such a great exercise for weight loss, he said: “You can vary your pace so you can go slow or fast and also add a bit of variety. The reason squats are so good is because you are exercising with big muscles. You exercise big muscles in your legs, your shoulders, and in return, you need a lot of energy. You have to get that energy from somewhere. And I hope that this source of energy is fat. And that’s why it blasts fat.”
He advised beginners to start with three sets of 10 to 15 squats every other day and then increase them over time. When asked how much he would make Daniel Craig do when he was training to become Bond, Simon replied: “As much as I told him to do.”
He added: “What’s great about exercise is that it’s so simplistic – you can do it in the gym, you can do it at home, you can do it in the park. Both that you have the squat fundamentals then it’s great to do. When you do the hardest part of the exercise, you have to exhale on the way up. The exercise basically recruits every part of your body. Squats also reduce your risk injury to your knees and ankles.As you exercise the movement strengthens your tendons, bones and ligaments around the leg muscles.This takes some of the weight off your knees and ankles.