My dad has been obsessed with keeping his body in shape for as long as I can remember. Exercise is like his religion, so you can probably guess what kind of family we were.
When we were kids, going out and playing ball with my dad was fun. But as I got older, keeping in shape felt like a chore. Our runs felt like marathons, and my body was growing exhausted.
I stopped exercising altogether, gaining weight by the minute. Now that I'm middle aged, I miss hiking, swimming, and playing various other outdoor sports.
I wish my dad pushed me to keep at it, but I'm grateful that he's been there for me through thick and thin. When I told him I want him to be my personal trainer, he was excited, to say the least.
He may not be as young and flexible as he used to be, but he's still quite healthy and full of fitness knowledge.
He's given me some pointers that I'd love to share with you.
The first thing he said was this: "Can you do a deep squat with your elbows between your knees? Then, can you hold it for more than a minute?"
Huh? I hadn't done that in years, but apparently it's the first thing you should do before you start exercising.
Here's how to properly achieve this pose and why this position can test your fitness level: