I did 100 squats every day for a month and here’s what followed
By NCVC Staff | Published on Sep 20, 2023
We all have our preferred workouts, and for the longest time, squats were not part of mine. I used to believe that cardio alone would keep my legs toned. But when the COVID-19 lockdown hit, I found myself in a situation where I had no choice but to give squats a chance. Little did I know that it would be the best fitness decision I ever made. Let me share with you my journey of reluctantly incorporating squats into my routine and eventually falling in love with them.
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Discovering the Benefits of Squats
As the lockdown was announced, I sought the help of my gym trainer to develop a home workout routine. To my surprise, he strongly recommended squats. Initially, I was skeptical and disagreed with his suggestion. However, after ten days of back-and-forth, I decided to give it a try.
Every day, I committed to doing 100 squats, divided into four sets of 25. The results were truly amazing, and here’s what I experienced:
1. Building Muscle with Squats
I had heard and read about squats being great for building muscle, but I only truly believed it when I saw the results myself. Despite my previous efforts on the treadmill, my legs had never been properly toned. However, after incorporating 100 squats into my daily routine, I noticed a significant change in my thighs and calves. While they might not be ripped, they are now fairly toned, and thankfully, I no longer have cellulite pockets.
2. A Full-Body Workout
Contrary to popular belief, squats aren’t just for your lower body. Experts and studies confirm that squats have a positive impact on your overall body composition. By engaging muscles from your lower back to your abdomen and sides, squats become an all-in-one wonder move. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness even published a study supporting this observation.
3. Strengthening My Core
One of the unexpected benefits I discovered was the effect squats had on my core strength. Properly executing squats engaged my core automatically. As a result, I found that I could perform more reps during my core exercises. Previously, my core was never strong enough to handle a 3-minute plank, but now, I breeze through it. Additionally, my love handles are gradually disappearing, and squats deserve all the credit.
4. Improved Posture
I came across an article in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science that highlighted the controlled movement involved in squats. The article explained that by focusing on proper form and movement during squats, you can improve your body’s overall control and posture. Implementing this knowledge made a noticeable difference in my posture and body alignment.
5. Achieving Firmer Glutes
Let’s face it, I wasn’t blessed with a big butt. However, my main concern was that what little I did have wasn’t in shape or firm. Incorporating squats into my routine helped me address this issue. I now have noticeably firmer glutes, proving that squats can make a difference, regardless of your starting point.
Performing 100 squats takes no more than 10 minutes of your day. The key is to focus on proper form and technique. Once you develop the right approach, there’s no turning back.
In conclusion, I can confidently say that incorporating squats into my daily routine was one of the best discoveries of 2020. Squats and I are now inseparable, and I’m excited to continue reaping the countless benefits they offer. So why not give squats a try? You might just be surprised by the positive changes they bring to your fitness journey.