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Why Squats Are Worth Adding to Your Workout

squat for healthDr Mercola | DrMercola.com

Exercise is a key player in disease prevention, and helps support optimal mental, emotional, and physical health, and longevity. However, as with most things, your exercise routine should be balanced and shouldn’t place too much emphasis on one activity such as cardio.

Always make sure that your routine incorporates a variety of exercises, such as strength training, high-intensity interval training, core training, and stretching. For a well-rounded exercise program, check out Dr. Joseph Mercola’s Peak Fitness program.

The good news is, you don’t have to get a membership at the gym or hire a fitness trainer to get fit. Doing functional exercises, or movements that mimic human movement, will help support your overall fitness. They can be done anywhere and without any exercise equipment. One phenomenal functional exercise that Dr. Mercola recommends doing is squats.

Squats Can Benefit Your Entire Body, Too!

Humans have been squatting since the hunter-gatherer days, and today, squats are known as some of the best functional exercises out there. Touted as “leg” exercises, squats are known to strengthen your quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves.

However, they actually offer benefits throughout your entire body, including deep within your core.

When you add squats to your exercise routine, they can help:

    1. Build and strengthen muscles throughout your body. Squats can create an anabolic environment, which can promote body wide muscle-building. When done properly, they can effectively trigger the release of testosterone and human growth hormone in your body, which support muscle development in your entire body.Help burn fat. One of the most effective and time-efficient ways to get rid of all those excess calories and fat is to gain more muscle. Dr. Mercola says, “For every pound of additional muscle you gain, your body will burn an additional 50-70 calories per day.” In other words, if you gain 10 pounds of muscle, expect to burn about 500 to 700 more calories per day than before.
    2. Improve balance and mobility. Squats become more useful as you age as it helps increase leg strength, as well as train your core, stabilize and your muscles. Your balance then improves, along with the communication between your brain and your muscle groups. As a result, falls are READ MORE at: http://www.drmercola.com/exercise/squats-worth-adding-workout/
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