The one exercise that should be featured in every workout is…
If I were stripped of my freedom and only allowed one basic exercise, believe me Squats would be it. Short on time? Squat. Want quicker results? Squat again.
Why? Don’t ask, just Squat. But all kidding aside, there are actually other reasons as to why the Squat is so beneficial to your workout, not just to your legs.
Some reasons might surprise you… I’ll show you what they are and why they are helpful, PLUS at the end I’ll have a question for you to answer.
Is Squatting Important?
When performed correctly, the Squat is a very safe exercise. Of course I am talking about a free weighted squat, not a Squat that includes a fixed position like the Smith Machine Squat but that’s its own topic.
The Squat is a COMPOUND exercise.
But more specifically, compound lifts are the most efficient way to burn calories and build strength and muscle. I’ve covered this in the lively guide in the article below:
Without a doubt, most of us know and see Squats primarily a leg exercise. But since the Squat is known as such a superior exercise, it must have amazing benefits.
What Are The 7 Surprising Reasons Why You Should Squat?
Reason #1: It’s Better than Calcium
Weight training places stress on your bones, Squats in particular emphasizes that claim for its intensity and high demand on muscle recruitment.
And because of that it builds bone density…
In addition, the increase in bone density can also prevent fractures and specifically Osteoporosis, a decease that is caused by decreased bone mass.
“Extensive research has shown that muscles and bones will get stronger in response to strength training regardless of your age. Some health experts call strength training “the closest we’ve come to a fountain of youth.”
Healing Moves by Carol Krucoff and Mitchell Krucoff MD
Reason #2: You Thought Ballerinas Are Coordinated and Balanced?
Proper technique is necessary for squatting correctly and appropriately…
This execution is vital on coordination and balance – if the bar is not held up on your back, you’ll fall forward.
As with any practice, repetition is the key when coordinating and balancing your body on the lift. Your stabilizing muscles will stabilize the free weights, whether you’re starting with low or high weight, remember to always use free weights.
Reason #3: Mental Toughness
Squats are hard. People don’t do Squats because Squats are hard. Explains why many people hate working on legs.
Whether it’s by getting under the bar and working on your first set or lifting the last rep – mental toughness is tested.This same mental toughness builds qualities like dedication, commitment, and perseverance.
Find more interesting tips about motivation here: 5 Tips on How You can Find Motivation to Exercise
Reason #4: You Knee This Strength
The knee is a hinge-type joint.
The Squat strengthens the knees by developing the muscles surround it – the muscles that are worked out are your Quads and Hamstrings, this will reinforce the ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and tissue area around the knee.
Remember the fundamentals:
- Make sure to break parallel on your squats (hip joint goes lower than the knee joint).
- Point your toes out and allow your knees to follow your toes.
Reason #5: Accelerates Fat Loss like a Drag Race
Since the Squat activates nearly all muscle groups and demands a whole lot from them to perform the exercise, the endocrine glands are stimulated and release hormones to deal with the demand that’s being given by the output of squats.
The body rapidly sends out these growth hormones from the stress it receives from all the muscle fibers being worked.
“MORE muscles used = MORE calories burned”
Reason #6: Makes you better at other lifts
The Squat exposes some of the imbalances in your muscles, which creates muscle activation on muscles that were never or rarely used to begin with.
Reason #7: Strengthen That Core
Your core or Abs help you stabilize the weight throughout the movement.
The heavier the weight the more demand on them.
If you want to target your core more directly try incorporating Front Squats, Overhead Squats, or Twisting Squats.
What are the reasons why you Squat?
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