Cardio exercise has been a darling for several years. But since people more aware of the benefits of weight lifting exercises, all healthy enthusiasts start to combine those two dynamic duo and squats becoming one of the most favorite exercises. It’s not only because squats can help you to shape the legs and glutes, there are numerous benefits of this practical exercise.
Squats can help you to strengthen your lower body and strengthen your lower body muscles, like hip, calves, hamstrings and obliques muscles. We know you probably don’t have any planning to become an athlete, but strengthen your lower body could help to stimulates your hormones, since leg muscles are one of the largest muscle in your entire body. It could help you to achieve balanced body.
Based of Burnedcalories.com Squats can also help you to lose weight. You will burn around 8 calories for every minute doing squats in normal intensity. People usually could do 25 squats per minute, which means you burn around 0,32 calories per squat and with 100 squats you will burn around 32 calories. The added bonus of weight lifting is your body will keep burning more calories even though you have finished your exercise. What an easy way to burn more calories right?
If you’re not comfortable yet to hold a weight while doing squats, you can always start by holding nothing. When you finally gain your confidence and strength to hold heavier weight, start to hold a 5 kg weight plates (or lower, it’s okay!) in front of your chest while you’re doing squats. Form is the most important thing while you’re doing squats, so you can add the weight whenever you like as long as your form is correct and in a good position.
Here’s the right way to do squats:
- Stand with your feet apart and parallel to each other.
- Place your hands in front of your chest.
- Bend your knees to a 90-degree angle, putting all your weight on your heels and sitting back slowly.
- Your knees shouldn’t go beyond your toes, and your head and chest should stay upright.
- Hold the position for 5 seconds.
- Rise back up, pressing through your heels, and straighten your hips back to the starting position.
- Repeat the movement.
Simple tiny changes are always count, so start to do your squat today!