A basic squat is a popular strength exercise that targets the thighs (quads and hamstrings), buttock muscles (glutes) and your core- all at once.
Squats are also one of the most commonly performed movements that you do daily. As such, squats are considered to be a functional movement; that is, they are actually part of our daily activities- you do a squat type action every time you lower your bottom into a chair, onto a lounge or onto a toilet! You squat to grab your shoes, the coin you dropped on the floor or the wet towel on the floor.
But do you cringe at the thought of doing squats? Do you lower your body gingerly down into the chair, using the arm rests because your knees hurt and creak?
Squats, by strengthening your quads and glutes, help to improve the function of knees and hips, ankles and spines. Squatting with correct form requires a degree of stabilisation from the core. This is increased when you add in weights. In this way squats are really helpful for helping you to remain mobile for longer and perform your daily activities with less pain.
You can do squats as a bodyweight only exercise or you can add weights or bands. You can perform your squats anywhere, inside or outside or on holidays. There are endless variations to keep you entertained.
Despite being a simple movement, it is important to learn the correct form when performing your squats so that you reap the rewards and get the most out of your workout.
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