Squatting is the most fundamental movement on the planet. Squats were performed before humans even knew what the purpose of the movement was. Cavemen and women were squatting to sit and poop. In later years, squats were performed by strongmen to showcase insane feats of strength. Eventually, squats became main stream – body builders used them to build great physiques, while power lifters and Olympic weight lifters used them to become as strong as they possibly could.
In present day, everybody from athletes, mothers, fathers, daughters, sons in every occupation possible can benefit from squats for different purposes. Many variations of squats can be used to build strength and muscle, cut fat and lean out, relieve stress or assist in active recovery for those who have suffered past trauma or injuries. At the San Francisco Plastic Surgery and Laser Center, we approve of anything that can help us look and feel better in every way!
Here are our Top 3 Reasons to squat:
Exercise, such as squats relieve stress by creating endorphins! Endorphins are chemicals in your brain that creates positive feelings. A clear mind and positive thoughts will also allow you to make better decisions in life! Endorphins are one of the best ‘drugs’ out there and squats are a simple way to get them!
2) Build Strong Bones
Squats prevent osteoporosis, the break down of bones! Studies show that squats can help build strong bones, even in those who already have osteoporosis! Strong bones equal better health and longevity! What a great reason to squat some heavy weight!
3) Build Muscle – Burn Fat
Squats ultimately are a whole body workout – you’re using the legs primarily to lift the weight but also your core and midline to stabilize the weight as the barbell sits on your trapezius. Squats build muscle in your glutes, hamstrings and even abdominals! Those who are interested in getting lean or ripped need to build muscle mass. Muscle will ultimately burn fat – even during rest. The best exercise to build muscle and burn fat are squats. No questions asked.