Sometimes people ask me if they should work out their legs and want to know what are the benefits of doing squats. I always tell them that out of all the exercises that I have done in my life, there is one that is by far my favorite. It didn’t start off that way but because I kept doing what I didn’t like, I ended up getting hooked on squats. They make you feel so strong from top to bottom every morning. They really do wonders for your mind because your legs and hips feel so solid from doing them 2-4 days a week. This is actually why I have a gym membership in the first place. So I can use the smith machine and squat racks.
They strengthen the muscles of your lower body.
Squats can help strengthen and tone the muscles of your hips and legs. These are your biggest and most powerful muscles. After all, this is half of your body that you are strengthening. When these muscles are in good condition, you will move around much more comfortably and with less pain than before. Even bending over and just simple walking will be much easier to do. Strengthens your core. Having a strong core can improve your balance, ease pain in your lower back and also will give you better posture. Squats target the core muscles which reduces the risk of future injury and also boosts athletic performance. They will even make movements like turning, standing and bending over much easier.
Squats can also burn calories.
I know for a fact that when I am doing my squats, then I better have my sweat towel. They really make me drip with sweat due to the full body motion and being so vigorous. It really gets my blood flowing and you almost get a rush from doing squats with or without weights. I see a lot females at the gym in really good shape doing their squats so I know it works for burning calories too.
Squats can be performed in many different ways.
Changing up your squats can help keep the exercise fun and will also activate other muscle groups. You can spread your feet wider apart or point your toes slightly inward to target other parts of your legs. I learned these different techniques from a female weight lifter by the way. She would spend most of her workout at the squat rack. She would go really light and do faster squats. Then she would add weight and go slower and concentrate on her form. I even learned how to squat without weights. You make sure you go slow and concentrate on good form and technique while breathing deeply.
Squats promote better training and primes your body.
They not only engage your core but they also activate your ankles, feet and glutes. Generally, squats teach you to drive your hips forward into extension for greater pelvic alignment, hip stability and with more powerful strides. Because they raise body temperature and increases blood flow, squats are known to be a great warm up multi joint exercise.
50 squats a day will keep the doctor away.
According to some doctors and experts, performing 50 squats per day will help your health and well being. Daily squats will help you mentally and will even give you better yearly check ups with your doctor. Studies have shown that if your only going to do one exercise a day than make that action the squat.
They prevent you from getting injured.
Most injuries are caused by weak muscles and soft tissues. Squats will improve your balance and flexibility which also strengthens your ankles and hips.
Squats make daily life chores easier.
They are considered a functional exercise which means they enable your body to perform real life activities much easier. Doing laundry and washing the dishes will be no problem when your lower body is rock solid. Moving around with the kids will be a breeze because you do your squats daily.
Squats are a multi body work out.
There are a few exercises that work the whole body like squats do. Squats strengthen both your upper body and your lower body. I can even feel the tension in my arms and the tightness in my stomach when I am doing squats with light weights. It really does hit your entire body which is why a lot guys are afraid of doing squats. To me it is a good feeling to get that over all burn.
The squat is the most important exercise you can do.
Because squats can be demanding at first, many people tend to stay away from them. Most of my partners at the gym did everything they could to get out of doing squats. I learned to do them first and do them a lot in order to make it a daily habit. Eventually I noticed just how much the squats can do for me. They make me look stronger and I feel more confident knowing my legs are solid and stronger than the other guys.