Squats are known as one of the best functional exercises out there, and for good reason. After all, squatting is a foundational human movement—our ancestors have been squatting since ancient times. Every time you get in and out of a chair you are doing a squat, or reaching down to pick up your children…however, few people engage in high-quality squats on a regular basis in their daily lives, and loss of functionality can result.
When you perform squats properly, you build muscles that helps improve your mobility and balance. This exercise also helps your muscles work more efficiently, and these benefits translate into your body moving more efficiently in the real world too.
The Many Health Benefits of Squats
Squats help strengthen your quadriceps, hamstrings, calves and ankles, making you more stable on your feet. But they also provide a number of other health-boosting benefits, including:
Building and strengthening muscles throughout your body, Increasing fat burning, Improved balance and mobility, Preventing injuries, Enhancing athletic performance, Toning your buttocks and abdominals, Improving bowel movements and waste removal…
Many elderly and those with knee problems tend to shy away from squats, thinking they’re too destructive on the knees. There’s really no need to avoid them. Instead, just make sure you’re doing them properly, and avoid using weights.
Here are some key points to remember:
- Stand with your feet just over shoulder width apart
- Keep your back in a neutral position, and keep your knees centered over your feet
- Slowly bend your knees, hips and ankles, lowering until you reach a 90-degree angle, then return to starting position
- Breathe in as you lower, breathe out as you return to starting position
- Do two to three sets of 15 to 20 repetitions, twice or three times a week
- As you get stronger, you can add weights.
Squats Are a Great Exercise You Can Do Just About Anywhere, Anytime
Squats are one of those exercises you can do for a few minutes every single day, even without switching into your workout clothes. They can be done just about anywhere, any time. And they’re beneficial regardless of your age, although the older you get, the more important they become.
Make time to exercise, move your body and include squats when you do! Great health benefits to enjoy!
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