Love them or hate them, it’s undeniable that squats are good for you. And while you may not realise it at the time, squats actually target almost every muscles in your legs, making them the perfect exercise to add to any workout routine. If you need a little more convincing, here are some more reasons you need to get down and start feeling the burn:
- They build muscle
While it’s pretty obvious that squats build muscle in your legs, the lesser known fact is that they actually help to build muscle in the entire body. By creating an anabolic environment, squats (done properly) trigger hormones that are vital for muscle growth throughout the entire body.
- They help maintain balance and mobility
Due to the diverse range of motion required to do a squat, your core is being activated through every movement. An activated core works to stabilize your muscle groups involved in making sure your body stays balanced and mobile.
- They boost athletic performance
Whether you’re a dedicated professional athlete or a novice weekend jogger, doing squats will help boost your performance ten-fold. It has been proven that squatting helps you run faster, jump higher and exercise longer without muscle fatigue.
- They burn fat
As most of you know, building muscle is one of the most effective ways to burn fat. So while squats work to build and tone your body, they will, at the same time help your body shred that excess weight.
- They improve digestion
Yes, it’s true. Squats aid in the removal of waste by improving the flow of fluids in your body. The action of a squat is also a great way to get the colon working efficiently to make bowels movements more regular.
- They reduce the risk of injury
Long gone are the days of avoiding squats because they are bad for your knees. In fact, executing a squat using the proper form and technique will strengthen your connective tissue and ligaments; making you less prone to injuries.
- They are practical
Not only are squats extremely effective, but they are functional and practical which means that by doing them, your everyday tasks become easier. Activities like playing with your children or hiking can all benefit from squatting.
So, now that you’re convinced that squats are good for you. Come visit us at FITstrong in Durbanville, Cape Town, and we’ll show you how to perfect your squatting technique.