The Importance of the Squat
Jan 7, 2013
The squat...that painful, annoying exercise that your trainer always has you performing in every session. You know they must be important, but the common question is WHY? Well, there are quite a few reasons why the squat is important. Besides giving you strong and perky glute muscles, the squat can also increase strength in other areas of the body!
Squatting works over 200 different muscles in the body, which means that not just your legs are getting a workout. the abdominals and lower back work to stabilize, the upper back remains contracted throughout the lift and the arms are squeezing the bar or dumbbells. By increasing you squat weight, you can potentially increase upper body lifts by 5 to 10 pounds! The reason behind this is the hormone boost your body experiences when performing a squat.
Testosterone and growth hormone are the two hormones the body releases when lifting heavy weight. These hormones are crucial for building muscle. If you're building muscle, then you are also burning a high amount of calories...meaning you're also burning fat! Muscles are not the only thing a squat helps to increase. Squats help to build and maintain strength in the hips and core. Hips and core are extremely important for balance and mobility. As we age we lose strength in these areas, so it is very necessary to maintain it through weight training.
Have you ever dropped something on the floor and you had to perform the "leaning tower of Pisa" maneuver? If you raised your hand, then start adding squats into your daily routine. Not only will your hip and core strength improve but so will your hip flexibility and knee stability. Then, the next time that item falls on the floor, you can just drop into a squat to get it!