Saturday Sweat – HIIT Cardio

Happy Saturday, guys! First one of May, and so as a tribute to the warmer weather, this one requires no equipment, so you can take it anywhere your heart desires!

If the weather is cooperating in your area, feel free to take it to a beautiful park – pay no mind to anyone else, and don’t be self conscious if you think they are watching you – invite them to join you in getting your fit on! 🙂

Move It Monday – Why You Need To Do Squats

Squats. Some love them, some hate them. Where do you fall?

I actually love them (just not of the Bulgarian nature!) – they are effective and challenging, but they can basically be done anywhere so it’s nice to be able to sneak a few in here and there!

Squats - K

But did you know why you should do them regularly? They are ripe with benefits but here are some of the key ones:

  • Few exercises work as many muscles as the squat, so it’s an excellent multi-purpose activity useful for toning and tightening your behind, abs, and, of course, your legs.
  • Squats are one of the best functional exercises out there, as humans have been squatting since the hunter-gatherer days. When you perform squats, you build muscle and help your muscles work more efficiently, as well as promote mobility and balance.
  • Squatting helps athletes run faster and jump higher, which is why this exercise is part of virtually every professional athlete’s training program.
  • For every pound of additional muscle you gain, your body will burn an additional 50-70 calories per day. And squats? Oh boy do they build muscle!
  • Squats are terrific for increasing leg strength. They also work your core, stabilizing muscles, which will help you to maintain balance.
  • Squats improve the range of motion in your ankles and hips, which helps prevent injury.
  • Squats can actually help you improve both your upper and lower body strength – squats are intense enough that they trigger the release of testosterone and human growth hormone in your body, which are vital for muscle growth.

They are really a full body exercise, not just meant to shape your booty!

So lay it on me – who does their squats regularly!?