They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend… but here at The Yummy Mummy Club, we believe Squats are a girl’s best friend! Squatting is usually referred to as a lower body exercise that used for strength training, but squats actually offer health benefits for our entire body!
I like to think of squatting as the ‘superfood’ of exercise. It is relatively simple to perform, you do not need any equipment, and it can be done in the comfort of your own home!
The Benefits of Squats
- Squats Builds Muscle In Your Entire Body
Squats help us build our leg muscles; with a focus on our quadriceps, and hamstrings, but squats do more than that. They create an anabolic environment that promotes muscle building for our entire bodies. Anabolism helps muscle tissue grow. Anabolic training triggers the human growth hormone, which gets released into our bodies, that is vital for muscle growth. This encourages muscles building across our entire bodies.
- Squats Help Us Burn More Fat
We have just learnt that squats can help us gain more muscle, around our entire bodies, not just our legs. Did you know that the more lean muscle we have, the more efficient our BMR will work. This results in an efficient metabolism; increasing our ability to burn more excess fat. So the more we squat, the more muscle we will build, and the more calories we will burn.
- Squats Makes Everyday Activity Easier
Squats are what we call a functional exercise. Functional exercises train a group of muscles to work together as they are designed to help our bodies conduct everyday activities more efficiently. Squatting is functional because it trains the muscles we use when you sit up and down from a chair, or when we go to pick up something off the floor. By training our muscles with functional movements we prepare our bodies to perform correctly and efficiently during these common everyday movements
How To Squat
Stand with your feet just outside your shoulders
Keep your back and neck in a neutral position, and keep your knees centred over your feet
Slowly sit into your heals, bending your knees, lowering until you reach a 90-degree angle
Return to starting position
Disclaimer: Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss. Consult with your health care processional before beginning any diet or exercise regime.