Friday, January 9, 2015

Squats: The Absolutely Incredible Secret to Staying in Shape

 In the last year or two there have been several innovations, movements, and techniques popularized for incorporating more movement into the average day. Sitting for long periods of time (as you probably do in your office chair) can slow your metabolism and even increase risk of certain diseases.
Little tricks like getting up every hour and walking around, or having walking meetings, standing desks, and even treadmill desks have become increasingly more popular. However, there is one exercise that many people, even regular gym rats, neglect to do and it will gives you the most bang for your buck.

I’m talking about squats.

Squats are absolutely incredible. They build full body strength as you use your core to stabilize and keep everything aligned. The glutes and hamstrings are very large muscles so buy utilizing them you tend to burn a lot of fat. Squats invigorate your nervous system and help your stress response since the squat is a naturally defensive position. They can even help your digestion and the regularity of your bowel movements. This is essentially the swiss army knife of exercise.
Here are some easy ways you can incorporate squats throughout your day to build strength, increase health and energy, and improve performance.

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