1.Builds Muscle in Your Entire Body

I am realizing more and more as I age how  maintaining good muscle tone is important to over all health. As we age our bones become more frail and there fore need more stability so we need to maintain the muscle mass by doing exercises like squats to help this.

Squats obviously help to build your leg muscles (including your quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves), but they also create an anabolic environment, which promotes body-wide muscle building.

2.Functional Exercise Makes Real-Life Activities Easier

Functional exercises are those that help your body to perform real-life activities, as opposed to simply being able to operate pieces of gym equipment. Squats are one of the great things you need no equipment for. you can do them any where, you can add resistance to your arms but basic squats are a muscular and cardiovascular workout in themselves. Translating to functional movement we need everyday.  When you perform squats, you build muscle and help your muscles work more efficiently, as well as promote mobility and balance.

3.Burn More Fat

One of the most time-efficient ways to burn more calories is actually to gain more muscle! For every pound of additional muscle you gain, your body will burn an additional 50-70 calories per day. So, if you gain 10 pounds of muscle, you will automatically burn 500-700 more calories per day than you did before.

4.Maintain Mobility and Balance

Strong legs are crucial for staying mobile as you get older, and squats are phenomenal for increasing leg strength.  they also improve the communication between your brain and your muscle groups, which helps prevent falls – which is incidentally the #1 way to prevent bone fractures versus consuming mega-dose calcium supplements and bone

5.Prevent Injuries

Most athletic injuries involve weak stabilizer muscles, ligaments and connective tissues, which squats help strengthen.  (squats improve the range of motion in your ankles and hips) and balance, as noted above.

6.Boost Your Sports Performance — Jump Higher and Run Faster

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a mom who chases after a toddler, you’ll be interested to know that studies have linked squatting strength with athletic ability.1

7.Tone Your Backside, Abs and Entire Body

Few exercises work as many muscles as the squat, so it’s an excellent multi-purpose activity useful for toning and tightening your behind, abs, and, of course, your legs. Furthermore, squats build your muscles, and these muscles participate in the regulation of glucose and lipid metabolism and insulin sensitivity, helping to protect you against obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

8.Help with Waste Removal

Squats improve the pumping of body fluids, aiding in removal of waste and delivery of nutrition to all tissues, including organs and glands.

So when you are thinking “I cant get to the gym” think again 3 sets of 20 squats and single leg squats will save you from a day of no workout. When you are having a walk along the beautiful Sunshine coast Beaches stop for a moment and do a few squats.You will feel that much stronger as you continue your walks.