I choose to believe this woman is airbrushed, but I think it can be a great motivational tool to start squatting.
For all of you minimalists out there, start squatting!
Did you know that a squat is a single exercise with a multitude of benefits? Let’s just say, if you do nothing else in the world of exercise, SQUAT!
Why? First of all, you can drop it like a squat anywhere, anytime. You don’t need a gym membership. You don’t even need weights, although if you use weights, you will increase your desired results faster.
I never used to squat. I was more of a cardio type of gal. You know, 30-45 minutes on an elliptical or a few miles outdoors. Nothing serious, but just enough to maintain my weight. We all know that cellulite is genetic. It is! If it’s in your genetic gene pool, you might be doomed. I always attributed the cellulite on the back of my thighs to my genes. I had reached a point in my life where I was comfortable with the fact that that was just how God made me and to dwell on those dimples would be a waste of my time…
Until I started squatting. The cellulite I wore my entire life is so minimal now. No, it’s not gone entirely (and I’m fine with that,) but the toning and shaping that squats has given me makes we want to yell from the top of a mountain, “Squat!” No, not really, but for all of you spending countless hours a week on a bicycle or elliptical, please, start squatting.
Here’s the major benefits of a squat:
- You will build muscle over your entire body. Yes, they definitely build leg muscles. But they also cause a release in testosterone and the human growth hormone in your body. Really? Testosterone? Well this is crucial for muscle growth and will also help to increase muscle mass when you train other areas of your body aside from your legs.
- Burn More Calories! Did you know that if you gain 5 pounds of muscle that you will burn 250-350 more calories a day? Muscle weighs more than fat and it burns more too! Squats are a great way to quickly gain all over muscle and in turn, burn fat more efficiently than you did in your pre-squat life.
- Become More Athletic. Studies link squatting strength with athletic ability. Squatting helps athletes run faster and jump higher, which is why athletes utilize this exercise so often.
- Tone Your Entire Body. Squats build muscles in your glutes, abs, and of course, your legs. Yes, I said abs! Enjoy this total body workout. These muscles that you build aid in regulating glucose and lipid metabolism, as well as insulin sensitivity; in turn protecting you against obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
If you’re becoming frustrated because you feel like you’re just not achieving your goals, throw some squats into your daily routine. Make sure you have proper form, so you do not injure your knees! Watch here for the proper way to squat. If this is all new to you, here is where you can find the squat challenge.
Try this 30 day squat challenge!!! Just in time for swimsuit season!