Squats are a foundational movement that can be beneficial for many aspects of functional fitness. Here are three ways that squats are foundational to function:
Leg Strength: Squats are a compound exercise that target multiple muscle groups, including the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, and calves. These muscle groups are important for functional movements such as walking, running, and jumping. Building strength in these muscles through squats can improve overall leg strength and power, which can help with activities of daily living such as climbing stairs, carrying groceries, or lifting objects.
Core Stability: Squats require a strong core to maintain proper form and balance. This includes the muscles of the lower back, abdominals, and obliques. Strengthening these muscles through squats can improve core stability, which is essential for good posture, balance, and preventing injury.
Mobility and Flexibility: Squats require good ankle, hip, and knee mobility and flexibility. Regularly performing squats can help to improve these areas, which can improve overall range of motion and decrease the risk of injury. This can also help with functional movements such as bending down to pick something up or getting in and out of a car.
Overall, squats are a foundational exercise that can improve leg strength, core stability, and mobility and flexibility, all of which are important for functional fitness and activities of daily living.
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