Squats are one of the best workouts you can do. If you were to do one exercise for the rest of your life, this is definitely the one we would suggest! Squats hit major muscles as they work the lower body and your core, they burn LOADS of calories, and they improve your flexibility when performed correctly.
Here are some of the key reasons why you should incorporate squats into your workout routine:
Strengthens the core
Squats require impeccable form and balance. In order to keep the right balance when performing this exercise, the back and abdominal muscles are engaged. This results in a flatter, tighter tummy while promoting a strong lower back. As these muscles strengthen, your body is less prone to back aches and pain. This in turn improves one’s posture while sitting, walking and standing. Concentrate on tightening your abdominal muscles while squatting to strengthen your core.
Improves flexibility while preventing injury
Knee muscles benefit immensely from squats. Consistently performing them will result in strong and supple knees due to the continuous supply of blood and oxygen to this major joint. Knees are susceptible to injury due to the strain they are put through on a daily basis, so strengthening them with squats is very beneficial. However, knees can also be injured if one is not careful to perform squats with the correct form.
Tones legs, butt and hips
If you want a firmer and rounder butt without spending a dime at the gym, this is the exercise for you. They are the best when it comes to toning the buttocks and legs; the quads and the gluteal muscles are primarily targeted. Squats are great because you can take on various stances in order to isolate different parts of the muscles. It is important to balance on the soles of your feet to ensure proper form and to work your legs the hardest. The lower you go, the more you will feel it.
Promotes weight loss
This exercise is so intense that it not only works on the lower body, but it also promotes weight loss all around. Performing several reps will increase your heart rate and make you sweat… a lot! Especially if you do weighted squats. The heavier you go, the more you burn!
Once you are comfortable doing standard squats and you have the proper form, add weights to increase the benefits (barbell on shoulders or dumbbells in hands). This simple exercise works and tones your entire body, while promoting weight loss and improving your posture, flexibility and mobility.
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