Fast Fitness: The Case for Squatting

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Why squats might be the most important exercise you can do – in and out of the gym.

University students spend a lot of time sitting and studying - and even sitting down on various machines at ANU Sport gym.

But there’s one exercise which might give you the incentive to get up, rather than sit, from time to time.

Researchers at Harvard University Medical School believe that one of the best exercises to counter the effects of sitting and help you get moving - the simple squat!

The act of squatting has huge benefits – and not just for building strength in your legs and hips at the gym. 

You can squat anytime, anywhere with just your body weight to get immense benefits – making it a great lockdown exercise you can do at home or in the park.

The researchers emphasise that squatting is one of the most functional movements we make as humans.

Moreover, correct squatting structurally activates so many muscles, bones and joints at once to stabilise the lower body. 

Once you’ve gotten some familiarity with squatting on your own, come-&-try squatting with light weights when ANU Sport re-opens – but please ask our friendly personal trainers to give you a free, quick induction on this exercise, which requires some background info to get started on setting up and safely lifting with good technique.

Do it right - and the benefits will follow!

NOTE: All claims and calculations in this article provided by Harvard University 

DISCLAIMER: Please consult your doctor if you have any medical conditions which may impact your ability to exercise OR begin a gym program.

NOTE: Different gym apparatus work different muscles, so do your research on which machine best suits your training goals. 

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