The 4 Best Benefits of Squats (that aren’t just a better butt!)
Posted by: Patrick Catanzariti on March 2, 2016
So we all know that if we want to channel our inner Kardashian and get that booty toned, squats are the way to go. But there’s a lot more to the humble squat than you might have thought.
You can do them any time, anywhere: you don’t need any gym equipment to add squats to your workout – in fact, you just need enough space to do them comfortably. This means you can squat in the comfort of your own home, when walking the dog…wherever you want!
They tone your whole leg – not just your bum: The great thing about squats is that they work a whole heap of muscle groups: quads, calves, hamstrings, thighs and glutes. They also work your abs and back muscles, so you end up with a stronger core AND toned legs and bum. Amazing!
They’ll help support your joints: Working the ankles, knees, hips and lower back joints, squats are good for increasing your flexibility as well as your strength. This will mean that you’re less likely to injure yourself when doing other forms of exercises, like running.
You’ll have amazing posture: Squats are great for improving your posture, since they work your entire core and force you to balance. Your mum will never tell you to sit up properly again!
Sounds amazing, right? Here’s how to do a basic squat:
Stand as tall as you can with your feet shoulder-width apart
Tighten and pull in your abdominal muscles.
Lower your body as if you were going to sit in a chair. Keep the motion slow.
Stop when your legs are parallel to the floor.
Stay in this position for a few seconds, then slowly rise back up to a standing position.
Once you’ve mastered the basic squat, you might want to check out these variations.