Everyone these days is talking about squats. Whether it’s lifting your glutes or creating a shapelier behind, it’s one of the best ways to tone your buns and thighs. But did you know there’s also a ton of other benefits to this simple exercise that you can do nearly anywhere?
1. Cardio.Squats aren’t just good for your glutes. When done with the proper form and technique, squats can really get your heart racing. I recently committed to a trending fitness challenge online called the 30 day squat challenge. Let me tell you, squats are no joke. After just 20 in a row, I found myself huffing and puffing. When you squat you are lowering and lifting almost your entire body weight. There’s a reason you’ll feel it in your legs almost immediately.
2. Strengthen your stabilizer muscles and prevent injuries. Squats are a great way to get your muscles, connective tissues, and ligaments stretched out, warmed up, and activated. Squats can help with your balance and coordination to help improve your performance when you are more active.
3.That feel. Within just two days of regular squats, I started to notice a difference in my legs, my butt, my thighs, and my stomach. You feel toned! It’s amazing how much using your own body weight can really make a difference in how you look but more importantly how you feel.
4. Increased flexibility. You’ll notice yourself feeling more limber, balanced, and flexible over time.
5. Jump and feel higher. It may sound corny, but all those squats are going to make you feel great! They will also improve your agility and ability to jump and return back down to the ground, decreasing your chance of injury when you make that final impact.
The key to great squats lies in your form and technique. Improving lower body strength is a great way to project your knees from injury later on in life but there are few key points you need to remember when doing squats.