Squats are a tried-and-true way to enhance your overall fitness routine. Few other exercises are so simple yet so effective. Squats are unique in that they require no equipment, can be done virtually anywhere, and will also get you fast results! Here are the top 6 reasons to do squats:
Squats build muscles throughout your entire body:
Squats are known for the effect that they have on leg muscles such as the quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves, but they also promote total-body muscle building. Squats are proven to strengthen and tone muscles in your glutes, abs and even upper body. The muscles that squats help to build in your body take part in the regulation of glucose and lipid metabolism, as well insulin sensitivity in your body, and can therefore help protect you against ailments such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Squats optimize fat burning:
Because squats help you to gain more muscle across the body, they also help you burn more fat! This is because for every pound of muscle you gain, your body will burn roughly an additional 50 calories per day.
Squats help to improve balance and mobility:
Strong legs are the key to staying mobile as you age, and squats are the perfect exercise for boosting leg strength. Squats also provide the full body workout needed to strengthen the core’s stabilizing muscles. The muscles help to maintain balance, while also enhancing the communication between the brain and the muscle groups. Because of the effect that they have on the legs and the core, squats are the perfect exercise to keep you mobile and centered as you age.
Squats help to prevent injuries:
Because squats help to improve the communication between your brain and your muscle groups, squats improve balance and therefore help prevent dangerous falls and bone fractures. Since squats also increase the range of motion in your hips and ankles, they reduce the risk of injury by improving the body’s flexibility. Squats also help to minimize the chance of sustaining athletic injuries. These injuries usually stem from weak stabilizer muscles, connective tissues and ligaments—all of which squats help to strengthen.
Squats help to counteract all of the sitting we do:
If you have an office job, chances are you are sitting for at least 8-10 hours everyday. When you sit all day, your glutes become lazy from being inactive, forcing your lower back to overcompensate. This can cause some chronic musculo-skeletal problems, most commonly lower back pain. Squatting can offset some of these complications. Strengthening your glutes by squatting will help to reduce the chronic lower back pain caused by sitting for extended periods of time, counteracting the negative effects of today’s unhealthy lifestyle.
Squats help the body remove waste:
Doing squats regularly can help to pump fluids throughout the body, enabling the delivery of nutrients to all tissues, such as organs and glands, while also facilitating the removal of waste through your colon.
So there you have it—the top six reasons to do squats! I would love nothing more than for you to come to NY Health & Wellness and set up a session with me so I can assess your form and make sure you are doing your squats properly. With a proper form, it won’t be long until you start feeling all of the amazing benefits! I can’t wait to work with you!