I learned to squat at the mere age of 17. I know! Kinda old, if you ask me. Prior to 17… I had no idea what squatting was, or the many benefits that came from doing such amazing exercise.
I mean, granted, we are all born with the ability to squat. I see my 2 year old nephew squatting and I am extremely envious of his flexibility! Unfortunately, as years go by, we get accustomed to, yes, sitting.
Notice how we are always sitting? We spend most of our lives in a sitting position. The unfortunate truth is that we never ever stretch. Our muscles become stiff and our 2 year old flexibility is long gone. The good news – it is never too late to begin squatting!
If you’re not used to squatting, squats can be more difficult, than you might have thought, but once you’ve mastered the technique, you can do them just about anywhere and they are a great way to tone your legs and your backside, but doing squad exercises is also beneficial for other parts of your body, such include:
- Say goodbye to cellulite!
Squats are great for your circulation! The muscle stretching that you get from doing the squats gets the blood pumping throughout your entire body and improves your overall health ; having good circulation means that more nutrients and oxygen is getting to all the vital organs and muscles, throughout your body. And little by little, you will see those annoying dimples on your back side disappear!
- Squats burn more fat
Muscle burns fat. More muscle burns more fat. Being efficient at packing on muscle mass, the squat is a highly effective way to burn more fat. The more muscle you have on your frame, the more calories you will burn during training and at rest. If you want to get lean, stick to the big compound lifts namely the squat.
- Squats are functional
Yes, the old school squat has finally been mentioned in the same breath as the uber-trendy term functionality. Once thought of as an exercise reserved for highly trained athletes and top-level bodybuilders, the squat has made its way from the depths of “moves to avoid” to being one of the most real-world applicable exercises of all. The squat can relate to a myriad of real-life activities helping to avoid injury and increasing efficiency in everyday life.
- Squats help maintain mobility
By simply increasing overall lower body strength, squats help maintain mobility immensely. Furthermore, by performing squats in a full range of motion you can strengthen the leg muscles at all points enabling you to help prevent weaknesses and increase strength during other performance-related, mobile activities.Who is ready to squat?