10 REASONS WHY WOMEN SHOULD SQUAT: BY MARK WALLACE
10. BUILD MUSCLE– If you don’t already know, squats are one of the best leg exercises to build muscle in the lower body. They do not focus on one particular muscle group only, but incorporate all the muscles in the legs as well as works your core.
9. BURN FAT-More muscle equals less fat. That simple. Of course a proper diet is an extremely important part of burning fat, but the human body naturally burns more calories each day to maintain a pound of muscle than it does to maintain a pound of fat. Therefore, the more muscle you build, the more calories your body will naturally burn each day at rest.
8. BLOOD CIRCULATION– Since the heart is located in the upper area of the chest, it’s hardest for the body to get constant blood flow in the legs. Regular squat routines will get the body used to pumping blood and nutrients towards those muscles.
7. NO EQUIPMENT NEEDED– Squats can be done anywhere at any time. Although it’s not recommended to do them anywhere at any time, the fact is that with or without weights, squats can easily work the legs and glutes (butt) and still be beneficial towards the entire body.
6. TOTAL BODY EXERCISE- Not only do squats focus on the legs and core but they are a total body exercise. Completing a proper squat requires flexibility, range of motion, and stability in the whole body. Your hips, shoulders, back, chest, elbows, ankles, calves, butt, abs, and even your wrists are all part of a proper squat. So even if you’re not trying to get that “bubble butt” squats are still one of the most important exercises in fitness.
5. IMPROVE FLEXIBILTY– Like I said in #5, a proper squat requires flexibility and range of motion so for someone who does not attain those qualities, it’s going to be less motivating to do it. Always remember, “Practice makes perfect.” By not squatting or doing some sort of leg exercise, not only is your flexibility not going to get better, but it’s going to get worse. The only way to fix something is to work on it, and squats will strengthen as well as stretch all the muscles in the legs and hips.
4. PREVENT INJURY-Squatting is not just about building muscle or burning fat. It’s a way to keep your body healthy and being able to do more than just everyday activities without worrying about injuring or even re-injuring yourself. For those who never had an injury, it’s just as important to squat as it is for someone who has had injuries (knee, back, shoulder, neck, elbow, wrist, hip, etc.) in the past. Building muscle feeds needed nutrients to the body which is meant to help prevent as well as recover from an injury.
3. DIGESTION– Since squatting helps blood and nutrients flow downwards in the body, it helps the flow of fluids too, easing the passing of waste through your bowels.
2. LESSEN BACK STRAIN– Believe it or not, weightless squats can be a great workout to keep the strain off of your back and help focus on using your leg muscles to perform the exercise. Increasing the use of proper form will eventually strengthen the back and core to help you move up in weight as well as incorporating other squat movements like back squats, front squat, deadlifts, etc.
1. BUILD A BUTT!!!– Ok so let’s get to the real reason why women should squat. Building a butt is not something just men want in a woman. A nice booty shows off a woman’s physique like abs do to men. Squatting is the most recommended exercise to work out the entire body, strengthen the legs, and tone up the butt in no time!