I shared this post this morning in my PiYo group. BUT before you continue reading, if you are sitting at your desk – GET UP!!
Get up and do 5 squats RIGHT NOW!! Weight in your heels, chest lifted, shoulders back and down – send your butt back like you are sitting in a chair.
Ok, now have a seat and continue reading…..
DEFINE YOUR LOWER BODY!! Lower Body Exercise – Specifically SQUATS:
Obviously help to build your leg muscles (including your quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves), but they also create an anabolic environment, which promotes full-body muscle-building.
When done with proper form squats are so powerful that they trigger the release of human growth hormone in your body, which is vital for muscle growth and will also help to improve lean 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.**
Functional Exercise Makes Daily 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. Lifting groceries, picking up kids, going up and down stairs, simply feeling strong when you roll over and get out of bed in the morning.
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 not only build muscle and help your muscles work more efficiently, but also promote mobility and balance. All of these benefits translate into your body moving more efficiently in the real world.
Burn More Fat:
One of the most time-efficient ways to burn more calories is 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!!
Maintain Mobility and Balance:
Strong legs are crucial for staying mobile as you get older, and squats are phenomenal for increasing leg strength. They also work your core and stabilizing muscles, which will help you to maintain balance while also improving the communication between your brain and your muscle groups.
Most athletic injuries involve weak stabilizer muscles, ligaments and connective tissues, which squats help strengthen. They also help prevent injury by improving your flexibility (squats improve the range of motion in your ankles and hips) and balance.
Tone Your Butt, Abs and Entire Body:
Very few exercises work as many muscles as the squat, so it’s an excellent multi-purpose activity useful for toning and tightening your butt, abs and, of course, your legs. Squats build your muscles and these muscles aid in the regulation of glucose, lipid metabolism and insulin sensitivity. All of these things help to protect you against lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Help with Waste Removal:
Squats improve the pumping of body fluids, aiding in removal of waste and delivery of nutrition to all tissues, including organs and glands. They’re also useful for improved digestion through your colon and more regular bowel movements.