8 Reasons to Squat
Squats are a complete exercise for overall body development, strength gain, injury prevention and fat reduction. Here are 8 good reasons why you should incorporate Squats into your workout.
1. Endocrine Boost
Because squats involve so many muscle groups and can be safely performed with maximal and near-maximal loads, it's easy to use squats as a means of boosting endogenous anabolic endocrine profiles. This can have profound effects on other aspects of training ranging from recovery and adaptation to hypertrophy.
2. Builds Muscle in Your Entire Body
Squats obviously help to build your leg muscles (including your quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves), but they also create an anabolic environment, which promotes body-wide muscle building.
In fact, when done properly, squats are so intense that they trigger the release of testosterone and human growth hormone in your body, which are vital for muscle growth and will also help to improve muscle mass when you train other areas of your body aside from your legs.
So squats can actually help you improve both your upper and lower body strength.
3. Improved Workout Efficiency
Don’t waste hours in the gym hopping from machine to machine in search of a good workout. Introduce a few sets of heavy squats into your routine, and you’ll see what you’ve been missing. This total body move will increase your heart rate and leave your legs spent in no time.
4. Burn More Fat
In targeting many of your bodies largest muscles by using Squats you will increase your overall muscle mass faster. This ultimately leads to more fat being burnt due to the greater energy requirements of increased in muscle mass. You’ll be burning more calories even at rest!
5. Makes Real Life Activities Easier
Functional exercises are those that help your 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 you perform squats, you build muscle and help your muscles work more efficiently, as well as promote mobility and balance. All of these benefits translate into your body moving more efficiently in the real world too.
6. Injury Prevention
Boosting the muscles surrounding your knees and hips is a quick method to reduce your chance of injury when jumping, running, and doing almost any activity. Squats build your glutes, hamstrings, and quad muscles - primary stabilizers when you’re cutting and moving on the playing field. Include both single and double leg varieties to help bullet-proof your lower body.
7. Jump Higher, Run Faster!
Whether you're a weekend warrior or a mum who chases after a toddler, you'll be interested to know that studies have linked squatting strength with athletic ability. Specifically, squatting helped athletes run faster and jump higher, which is why this exercise is part of virtually every professional athlete's training program.
8. Build bone density
Weight training places stress on your bones, Squats in particular emphasizes that claim for its intensity and high demand on muscle recruitment. In addition, the increase in bone density can also prevent fractures and specifically Osteoporosis, a decease that is caused by decreased bone mass.