Squats are considered as exercises for the legs, however, the benefits of these clever movements extend way beyond only the leg muscles. In fact, squats mimic a number of our everyday movement patterns and smartly work almost every muscle in the body. A squat is a compound movement, meaning more than one joint is moving, in one action, at one time.
The benefits of squats include:
- Strengthening bones, muscles in the knees. Using many muscle groups stimulates the body to naturally produce muscle-building, growth hormones. These hormones help to gain strength in the knees, hips and, in turn the entire body; preventing injuries when playing sport and in daily activity.
- Building core strength. Your body has to work harder to keep an upright posture during squats, particularly if you are using weights (and doing them correctly!); building abdominal strength and a more defined six-pack.
- Increased flexibility. The full range of motion that squats require, increases the movement of the hips thereby reducing back pain and making sports and everyday activities easier.
- Making workouts more effective. Incorporating a few heavy squats into your routine will increase your heart rate and leave a burn in your legs. With fitness and legs ticked off your list, your will have more time for stretching and to work on other muscle groups.
- Reducing body-fat percentage. The natural production of anabolic hormone not only helps muscle gain but also burns fat.