The squat is a fundamental everyday movement, and you are unknowingly doing it every day. Think what happens when you sit down and stand up, pick something off the floor, or even pick up your child.... that's right, you are squatting! So why not get really strong doing this movement so you can be more agile in your day to day life.
Squatting targets the large muscle groups in the legs, lower back, and core. However, technique is everything and squatting with poor form does risk injury, so it is important to be guided through the exercise to ensure you are doing it correctly. Some tips to ensure good form include:
# the knees should be in line with the feet
# keep your weight shifted back slightly to avoid tilting forwards
# ensure your heels are on the floor throughout the movement
# your spine should be straight at all times, and make sure you keep your torso upright
There are endless variations of the squat, from wall squats to split squats, and they all target muscles differently. Want to know the benefits of adding squats to your exercise regime?
# squats are great for strengthening the muscles around the lower back, hips, knees and ankles
# reduces joint aches and pains
# improves balance and proprioception
# enhances power and core strength
# better flexibility in the lower body
# increases sports performance
# lowers the risk of injury
If you have an existing injury, then it is important you get the relevant advice to see if squatting should be incorporated into your recovery plan. Always make sure your technique is sound before you start to look at other squat variations.