If we are looking for a powerful way to boost our overall fitness and get some serious results look no further than the squat.
This is one exercise that should be a part of virtually everyone’s routine, as it’s relatively simple to perform, requires no equipment, and can be done just about anywhere.
It’s what we call a functional exercise. Functional exercises are those that help our body to perform real-life activities, as opposed to simply being able to operate pieces of gym equipment. Squats are one of the best functional exercises out there, as humans have been squatting since the hunter-gatherer days. When we perform squats, we build muscle and help our muscles work more efficiently, as well as promote mobility and balance. All of these benefits translate into our body moving more efficiently in the real world too.
More importantly, although squats are often regarded as “leg” exercises, they actually offer benefits throughout our entire body, including deep within our core (stabilising muscles, which will help us to maintain balance, while also improving the communication between our brain and our muscle groups, which helps prevent falls – which is incidentally the #1 way to prevent bone fractures versus consuming mega-dose calcium supplements and bone drugs).
When done properly, squats are so intense that they trigger the release of testosterone and human growth hormone in our body, which are vital for muscle growth and will also help to improve muscle mass when we train other areas of our body aside from our legs. So squats can actually help us improve both your upper and lower body strength.
If we are on losing weight mission, squats are our It. One of the most time-efficient ways to burn more calories is actually to gain more muscle. For every pound of additional muscle we gain, our body will burn an additional 50-70 calories per day. So, if we gain 10 pounds of muscle, we will automatically burn 500-700 more calories per day than we did before.
And these very muscles that squats build participate in the regulation of glucose and lipid metabolism and insulin sensitivity, helping to protect us against obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Squats improve the pumping of body fluids, aiding in removal of waste and delivery of nutrition to all tissues, including organs and glands. They’re also useful for improved movement of feces through our colon and more regular bowel movements. Improves digestion. Results are fast and visible.
Are you ready for a 30 day squat challenge?