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Benefits of Squats

Why You Want to Squat

Benefits of Squats

Whether you’re a pro athlete or just want a firmer posterior, the benefits of squats are immense. Sneaking in squats into your day can make all the difference.  A very small price to pay given the multitude of rewards. Let’s have a look at some of these benefits.

But before that, let’s dig a little deeper into the muscles that are worked on by squats:

Muscles Worked On By Squats 

If you thought about lower body muscles, you’re right. Additionally, a different set of supporter's muscles also get recruited making it a very well-rounded and rewarding exercise.

The lower body muscles consist of;

  • gluteus maximus, minimus, and medius (buttocks)
  • quadriceps
  • hamstrings 
  • adductor (groin)
  • hip flexors
  • calves

While in the supporting role, the rectus abdominis, obliques, transverse abdominis, and erector spinae assist in the motions involved in a squat.

The Benefits of Doing Squats 

Every routine does pose a certain degree of risk if done improperly. The squat is no exception. However, once you’ve mastered the technique, A long list of the benefits awaits. 

Squats and Lower Muscle Build Up

Other than the perfectly toned legs you’ll be getting. The anabolic environment created by this exercise will promote body-wide muscle growth. Recruiting a myriad of muscles that get refined with the engagement of your posterior chain.

Your lower body consists of powerful and large muscles that help you in your day-to-day activities such as sitting. Your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, adductors, hip flexors, and calves are responsible for almost every move you make.

Squats and Weight Loss

Weight loss is mostly associated with aerobic exercises. On the other hand, however, squats host a huge potential for weight reduction. Especially when you add weights to your routine. Making it more efficient to burn calories. Resistance training exercises for weight management work best when it works on your larger muscles. Making the squat an ideal candidate.

Squats and Core Strengthening / Improving Posture

Compared to planks, squats have been proven to have greater activation of muscles that support your back. This greatly improves your athletic performance.

Squats also help you teach proper movement patterns with proper postural and joint stability. Squats have also been seen to increase bone mineral density (BMD). Adding strength to your skeleton and maintaining sturdier bones.

Squats and Risk Prevention 

Most injuries as a result of exercise will be associated with weak ligaments, stabilizer muscles, and connective tissue. Squats help strengthen your stabilizers, otherwise known as supportive tissue. Making a big difference in whether or not you suffer from an injury.

When your lower body muscles are strengthened. You execute full-body movements with much more ease. Strengthening your tendons, ligaments, and bones. Assisting in injury prevention.

Squats and Improved Flexibility 

Squatting challenges your lower body due to the fact that it is performed in a closed kinetic chain consisting of the ankle, knee, and hip. Requiring a significant level of mobility in the hip and ankle. As well as lumbar spine stability.

With age, our muscles, tendons, and ligaments tend to get less elastic. Squatting regularly engages your leg muscles ensuring you remain limber.

Squats and Digestion / Circulation

By focusing your exercise routine on your lower body. It enhances the speed at which fluids travel through your body. Improved when exercising the leg muscles. Allowing more oxygen and nutrients to travel through your organ. Including small intestine efficiency improvement.

Squats offer plenty of benefits. It is important to master great form to prevent injury. Take some time to look at the different variations to keep your routine more exciting. Here is a beginner exercise to help prep you for doing squats efficiently.

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