Squats are considered the superheroes of any exercise routine and for good reason. They provide great results in very little time. If you want to shed some weight and get back in shape quickly, squats are a great way to go about it. This exercise technique is also very easy to perform and perfect, and doesn’t require any investment or special equipment. You can just watch some good the video tutorials on YouTube and get started.
Of course, it’s better to have a professional opinion because they will correct your posture and ensure you don’t injure yourself during the exercise. They will also suggest new techniques to add variation to your routine.
What are the Benefits of Squats?
Squats can be intense and draining, which is why people often hesitate to incorporate them into their routine. However, workout experts and trained professionals agree that if you perform the routines correctly and maintain a good posture, you will experience a number of benefits, including:
#1 Builds Muscle
Squats are known to build muscles in the legs, especially the quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves but those aren’t the only areas you experience muscle development in. The intensity of the exercise can encourage anabolic activity in your body and prompt it to build and strengthen muscles throughout the body. These exercises also trigger the release of growth hormones and steroids, which can help build muscles as well.
#2 Muscles Burn more Fat
Interestingly, if you build more muscles, you’re likely to burn more fat during your squat exercises. For every pound of muscle you gain, you will burn 50 to 70 more calories, which will help you get back in shape quicker.
#3 Balance and Mobility
Squats help strength leg muscles and that will improve your balance and body’s stability. They also strength the core, which will give you more control over body and its movements. Squats also help improve communication between your brain and different muscle groups. All of these things will help improve your balance, which will have a direct impact on your athletic ability as well.
#4 Improves Digestion
Squats will improve waste removal and digestion. Your body fluids will move more smoothly through your system, which will improve digestion, distribution of nutrition, and nourishment of cells, and waste disposal. You’ll have more consistent bowl movements and will feel lighter and more energetic in general.
#5 Strengthen Joints
Your joints will feel the strain and pain during the first few sessions of squatting because the muscles will tear a little. However, muscles tend to grow back and heal stronger after tears and strain so in the long run, squatting will strengthen your joints and make them more resilient. That can help as you age because joints can become weak as you grow older.
#6 Athletic Performance
As mentioned before, squats will have an impact on your athletic performance. This is because the strengthened core and leg muscles will allow you to run faster, leap higher, and jump more fluidly. The increased balance and control over your body will also minimize the risk of injuries and improve your abilities overall.
Find the Correct Approach
You’ll only enjoy all of these benefits if you take proper precautions. It’s important to maintain the right posture and stance during squats to protect your spine. You also need to make sure you warm up and cool down effectively during your workouts to keep yourself healthy.
If you have any questions about squats and their benefits, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Schembri PT. Our number is 02 9648 6405. You can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in this contact us form and we’ll reply as soon as possible.
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Schembri PT Team
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