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Considered to be the best exercise; how many can you do?

Even Rihanna does squats when performing.
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Whether you’re trying to build muscle or lose weight, or both, the squat is considered to be one of the best exercises that you can do, if not the best entirely. Why? Because squats work many parts of your body in a short period of time allowing you to burn fat and build muscle simultaneously. Regardless of your goal, squats should be a part of your exercise routine.

What makes the squat the best exercise? It’s because they work nearly every muscle in your body. Squats work your quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, butt and abs. In addition to transforming the way that your body looks, the amount of muscle that is built from doing squats helps to protect you against obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Did you know that for every pound of muscle you gain, your body burns an additional 50-70 calories per day? So for instance, if you gain 10 pounds of muscle, you will burn 500-700 more calories a day without doing anything at all. Making squats a part of your routine will enable you to build that muscle. Have you heard about the 36 squat challenge? Learn more about it here. How many can you do?

With all of these fantastic benefits squats can bring to your life, there’s also the improvement of your overall strength, balance and mobility, as you get older. Since the legs are the most crucial part of the body for staying mobile with age, you can’t afford not to do squats. If you want to be able to bend down, balance yourself and move around freely in your later years, consider doing squats now, even 10 will make a difference.

Squats may be the best form of exercise that you can do, but you must be sure to protect yourself from injury by doing them properly. Learn how to squat correctly here.

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