Keep Your Goals High and Your Squats Low!
Squatting is a workout technique that strengthens and tones our glutes as well as various leg muscles including our quads, hamstrings, and calves. Squatting is also great because of how versatile it is! It can be performed almost anywhere with no equipment or weights! Another added benefit to squatting is that, due to the increased muscle you are gaining in your legs, you are able to burn more fat as well! More muscle = more fat burned. Because squats also help to improve your core, you are able to build and maintain a better sense of mobility and balance as well. Along with these benefits, strengthening your muscles will also help to decrease the risk of injury. Squats also work your core. By engaging the core muscles in the body, squatting helps to improve and strengthen the core as well. Adding weights to your squats can also help to incorporate you upper body as well, leading to a full-body workout all in one!
According to an article on Experience Life by Heidi Wachter, the following list contains tips and cues to keep in mind in order to ensure you are performing the movement accurately in order to get all of the benefits out of the squat.
- Begin the squat by hinging at the hips and pushing your butt back.
- Keep your feet flat on the floor, balancing your weight evenly.
- Keep your chest up, shoulders pulled back, and spine neutral.
- Engage your core by bracing it throughout the movement.
- As your knees bend, keep pushing your hips back so your weight stays balanced in the middle of your feet.
By perfecting your squat during your workout, you will actually be benefitting your everyday routine as well! This is because “squat exercises are a motion that your body uses often in real life. Whenever you bend down to pick something up, you’ll be thankful that, because of your squat exercise routine, you’ll have the strength and flexibility to get the job done” (Fitday).