In today’s world, squatting is frequently ignored – males skip leg day, ladies waste away on the elliptical. There are far too many people out there who ignore the resistance training aspect of exercise and focus only on cardio, especially when it comes to weight loss.
Here are eight reasons why you should squat once in a while rather than running for every workout.
1. Squatting isn’t a huge time commitment.
It’s all about speed and endurance when it comes to running. All you have to do now is run longer to get your mile time down to where you want it.
Eventually, you’ll be able to cover 5, 6, 7, 8 miles with ease. That’s a lot of time, even for quick runners. A solid squat workout should take no more than 10 minutes.
2. It is lower impact on your joints.
Running is well-known for being one of the most high-impact workouts you can do to your joints. We were designed to run barefoot on soft dirt, yet we now live in a concrete and cement environment. Long-distance running on such rough terrain puts a strain on the connective tissue.
Do you know what shin splints are? Unless you’re squatting a lot of weight, substituting a squat session for a run will preserve your knees in the long term.
3. Your body was built to squat.
Our bodies were not designed to run marathons, but to run short to moderate distances. Squatting is by far the most underappreciated foundational movement your body was designed to do. Take a look at a baby; they can squat ass to the grass with ease.
Consider the story of Adam and Eve. Do you believe they defecated on toilets? We were supposed to crouch all the way to the ground and do our thing there.
We’ve become immobile as a species as a result of our constant sitting at our computers and on the toilet, and we need to battle this with squats.
4. Squatting activates more muscles.
Running is beneficial to both your heart and calves. It touches a few additional places, but the stimulus isn’t that strong. Quadriceps, hamstrings, hip flexors, glutes, adductors, abdominals, and lower back are all activated as you squat.
Resistance exercise produces a greater muscular activation than jogging, and the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn at rest.
You can eat more without gaining weight as a result of this. I’m not sure what will encourage you to squat if that doesn’t work. When it comes to consuming more…
5. People who squat can eat more carbs.
Running is an aerobic workout, which means it burns fat as a source of energy. Squats are an anaerobic exercise first and foremost. This indicates that glycogen, the body’s mechanism of storing carbohydrates, is its principal source of energy.
Squatting causes your body to expend the glycogen stored in your muscles. If your muscles are depleted on glycogen, the only way to replenish them is to eat carbohydrates.
You’ll be surprised to learn that they won’t be stored as fat. Instead, they’ll focus on recharging your muscles (given you eat a reasonable amount). Don’t be too hard on yourself the next time you eat a donut or four after leg day. You’re gaining a lot of booties.
6. Squatting builds your booty more.
If all you do is run, you’re likely to develop flat booty syndrome. Sprinters? They make extensive use of their glutes, as well as their entire legs. It’s a different tale for them.
Due to the hip-hinge-dominant nature of the activity, squatters develop huge, round glutes. Which would you prefer: a flat or a squat butt?
7. Squat waists look thinner than runner waists.
A larger booty will make your waist appear slimmer, in addition to the extra calorie burn produced by having a little more booty muscle. This gives ladies an hourglass form and provides males an added asset that women adore.
8. It will give you abs.
Squatting is a complex movement that targets several muscles, including your abs. Many folks are completely unaware of this. Consider this: your body is pushed forward, and you’re carrying a barbell on your shoulders.
What keeps you from collapsing and collapsing on your face? The center of your being. There are plenty of bodybuilders with sculpted abs who never work them directly.
They’ve discovered that practicing heavy squats and deadlifts is a better use of their time, and their abs are looking great.
I’m not implying that I despise running. In fact, I enjoy running a mile or two, and I recommend that everyone do so on occasion. There are simply too many treadmill users and not enough squatters out there.