Why Squat?

18 Dec

279082508128483684_ZRODg1rA_cPeople either love squats or they avoid them where possible. The fact is, avoiding them is not doing you any good. The squat is such a phenomenal exercise and can help you achieve so many things. Below are just a few of the benefits of the squat…

1. Builds muscle in your entire body

Squats obviously help build muscle in the legs from quadriceps to calves and everything inbetween, but it also helps to strengthen the core, back and glutes as well. In fact, when done properly, squats are so intense that they trigger the release of testosterone and human growth hormone in your body, which are vital for muscle growth and will also help to improve muscle mass when you train other areas of your body aside from your legs.

2. Functional exercise 

Functional exercises are those that use multiple areas of the body and mimic movements that occur in everyday life. For example if you are unable to do a squat in the gym, how are you supposed to do one to pick up something heavy off the floor?

It helps strengthen all the muscles that will help you do everyday activities and also promote balance and mobility.

3. Burn more fat

One of the most efficient ways to burn fat is to gain more muscle. For every pound of extra muscle you gain, the body will burn around 50-70 calories per day!! So if you gained an extra 10pounds of muscle, you could be burning 500-700 calories more more than you did before!!

4. Maintain Mobility and Balance

Strong legs are crucial for staying mobile as you get older, and squats are phenomenal for increasing leg strength. They also work out your core, stabilizing muscles, which will help you to maintain balance, while also improving the communication between your brain and your muscle groups, which helps prevent falls – which is incidentally the best way to prevent bone fractures versus consuming mega-dose calcium supplements and bone drugs.

5. Boost Your Sports Performance

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a parent who chases after a toddler, you’ll be wanting to improve your strength and mobility. Specifically, squatting helped athletes run faster and jump higher, which is why this exercise is part of virtually every professional athlete’s training program.

Not all squats need to be done at a squat rack with a heavy barbell. This can be intimidating in a gym, especially for many women so below I have suggested a few ways to make squats a bit more fun and appealing…

  • DSC_0138Hold a medicine ball to add some weight to your squat and make your body work harder
  • Bulgarian split squat – Stand with one leg up on a bench and squat down taking care with your balance. Go slow!
  • Jump! Perform this squat with small weights or no weights to start off with and use the power in your legs to jump as high as possible!
  • Twisting squat – use any movement you like to put your squat slightly off balance. This will work
    the core harder.

These are just a few ideas but for more information click on this link for more in depth explanations

http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/12-ways-spice-your-squats-better-results

Have a go at incorporating squats into your workout  and if you already do, then try doing them a different way to spice up your workout and make your body work even harder!!

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