The biggest excuse not to exercise has to be lack of time. That’s why it’s important to make the most of your workout. You can do this by incorporating the most effective exercises into your routine. The most effective, lower-body exercise is the squat. Squats are bigger, compound exercises that make you work harder and burn more calories. They are strength and cardio training combined in one, effective exercise. In return, you get weight loss and fitness results, faster.
The squat is a lower body exercise that works the gluteus, quads, hamstrings and calves all at the same time, while also engaging and stabilizing the core muscles.
Perform squats correctly by standing with feet hip-width apart, bending at the knees and lowering hips towards the floor while keeping the back straight. Prevent injuries by not lowering past 90 degrees, keeping your knees behind the toes. It’s a great idea to use a mirror and check out your position from a side view to be sure you are not overextending.
A squat is a lot like going to sit down and changing then your mind. A personal trainer or instructional video can also show you the best way to perform a squat correctly. Incorrect strength exercises will lead to no results and sore joints.
Use squats to increase your metabolism and jump start weight loss. Regular strength training with compound exercises like squats adds muscle and increases energy production.
Creating lean muscle will raise the resting metabolic rate meaning that your body will burn more calories at rest.
Start out slowly. Squatting without weights still counts as resistance training because you are using your body weight as the resistance. Adding weight with a barbell or with dumbbells can be done to increase resistance as your fitness level increases.
Squats are an effective, lower-body exercise that can be done at home with little or no equipment.
The squat is a popular weightlifting move which involves squatting up and down while holding weights. It works all the muscles in your legs along with your core. You can do squats with a barbell, dumbbells or a smith machine. The videos below demonstrate how to do this exercise with these three pieces of equipment:
- Barbell Squat Video Demonstration
- Dumbbell Squat Video Demonstration
- Smith Machine Squat Video Demonstration