Hate it or love it, no one can deny that squatting is one of the most beneficial exercises for strengthening about all the muscles of the lower body, including core, back, hips, and legs. There is a reason why squats are commonly called the king of exercises. It is a dynamic functional movement that requires a combination of strength, mobility, balance, and coordination. It can be used as a tool to analyze someone’s strength and mobility deficits. Squatting can be performed in many different variations for different purposes and to target different muscle groups. For example, performing a front squat will target the quads more, while a back squat involves the hip muscles more. Studies and research have shown the benefits of squats on functional ability, strength, and endurance.
The benefits of doing squats translate very easily to our day-to-day life and to sports activities. You are constantly squatting, even if you are not aware of it. Anytime you get up from or sit down on a chair or toilet, you are basically doing a squat. For many people it can be hard to get up from lower chairs, interfering with their daily lives, as they are unable to sit on their favorite couch or chair because they don’t want to struggle getting up. You are doing a type of squat when you get up from the floor. When you are jumping, you are doing a squat to lift off and to absorb the impact on a land. In order to perform these actions with better and with less difficulty, it becomes even more important to do squats to strengthen the muscles involved in these actions. Squatting plays a big role in our lives, and to help prevent muscle and functional loss, should be added to our daily routines.