Exercise plays a vital role in mental, emotional and pysical health, disease reduction, and endurance. And adding squats to your fitness routine has many benefits! Here’s what you could be missing out on without squats.
***The following is based on my research and experience.***
Benefits of Squats
- Builds Muscle Throughout Your Body
Not only do squats help build leg muscles – quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves – but they can trigger the release of testosterone hormone, promoting body-wide muscle building.
- Makes Real-Life Activities Easier
Squats are known as a functional exercise to help the body perform real-life activitites, as opposed to operating gym equipment. When building muscle through squats, this action is helping your muscles to work more efficiently if the exercise is done properly. Squats also promote mobility and balance.
- Burn More Fat
While cardio helps burn body fat, so does gaining more muscle! As muscle is put on, your body will burn more calories.
- Prevent Injuries
Strong legs are important for mobility as age progresses and squats are great for increasing leg strength. In addition to improvement in mobility, squats improve balance which can prevent injuries such as falls. Most injuries involve weak stabilizer muscles, ligaments and connective tissues. Squats can help strengthen these areas while increasing flexibilty in your ankles and hips.
How To Do A Proper Squat
From experience, squats can hurt your knees but they can improve knee stability if done correctly.
- Warm up
- Stand with your feet just over shoulder width apart
- Keep your back in a neutral position and knees centered over your feet (do not arch your back!)
- Slowly bend your knees, hips and ankles, lowering until reaching a 90-degree angle
- Rise and return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2-3 sets.
- Breathe in as you lower down and breathe out as you return to starting position