There is one exercise that we believe everyone should be incorporating into their workout routines. It is simple to perform and can be done anywhere. Equipment is not essential.
Mums, I am talking about the Squat. Now before we go any further, I just want to explain, that although when we think of squats we think legs, it is important to know that squatting offers benefits for our whole bodies, not just our legs, with a particular focus on our core.
Benefits of Squats
1. Builds Muscle in Your Entire Body, Not Just Your Legs
Squats are one of the most well-known leg exercises, building muscles in our legs; including our quads and hamstrings. Above all this, squatting creates an anabolic environment, which promotes muscle building all over our bodies! When we squat, we release two hormones (growth hormone and testosterone) which are needed for muscle growth. The release of these hormones help improve overall muscle mass when training our areas of the body, resulting in improved upper and lower body muscle mass.
2. Squats are a Functional Exercise, which Makes our everyday Activities Easier
Functional exercises are exercises that make our everyday activities easier. Squats are one of the best, and my favourite functional exercise. We squat numerous times throughout the day. We squat when we sit down on the couch to watch the television or sit down at the dinner table and we squat to pick up things, including our kids.
3. Maintain Balance
Lean muscle in our legs is necessary for balance and maintaining mobility. As mentioned, squats increase leg strength. They also work to stabilize our core muscles. This helps us to maintain balance.
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.