The Magic of the Squat
One of the best exercises for you, whether you’re trying to build muscle or lose weight (or both) has to be the squat - however, it’s also one of the most difficult to do properly. Here are tips to make sure you have proper form while doing this exercise! DISCLAIMER: it is recommended that you do not attempt squats under stress (weight) unless you have been watched by a fitness professional.
- Feet slightly wider than shoulder width
- Toes turned slightly out
- Initiate squat by pushing glutes (butt) backwards
- Stay in your heels and balls of your feet. Your weight should never go into your toes
- Knees should follow your second toe and never collapse inward
- Once your thighs are about parallel to the floor, squeeze your glutes together and return to standing position
- Your back should always be straight and core tight
Squats are a great exercise that works many different muscles, including every muscle in your lower body, core, and back muscles. Squats are very beneficial if for a variety of reasons:
Squats are a functional exercise that make real-life activities easier. 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.
Squats help you burn more fat. One of the most time-efficient ways to burn more calories is actually to gain more muscle! For every pound of additional muscle you gain, your body will burn an additional 50-70 calories per day. So, if you gain 10 pounds of muscle, you will automatically burn 500-700 more calories per day than you did before.
Squats boost your sports performance: jump higher and run faster. Whether you're a weekend warrior or a mom who chases after a toddler, you'll be interested to know that studies have linked squatting strength with athletic ability. Specifically, squatting helps athletes run faster and jump higher, which is why this exercise is part of virtually every professional athlete's training program