More than half of an average person’s day is spent sitting, watching television to working at a computer. It’s easy to say that our generation revolves around the chair and time tends to increase as we age and become less active.

All that sitting can have a profound impact on one’s health, too. In fact, a study on Oct. 3, 2017, Annals of Internal Medicine, involving almost 8,000 adults ages 45 and older, found a direct relationship between time spent sitting and a higher risk of early death.

“Squats are a great exercise because they activate so many bones and joints at once, such as the hips, knees, feet, and ankles, as well as muscles like the quads, gluteals, hip flexors, hamstrings, and calves,” says Andy Sobuta, a physical therapist with Harvard-affiliated Spaulding Rehabilitation Center. “Squats can help you build and maintain a stronger lower body, which makes movement easier and allows you to stay active.”


Here’s why squats are your best friend. 

  • Squats help build muscle.
  • Squats burn calories fast.
  • Squats burn calories fast.
  • Squats help with mobility and balance.
  • Squats help strengthen your lungs and heart.
  • Squats can maintain and improve your joints.
  • Squatting keeps bones strong.

“Many people squat above parallel and do not go deep enough to positively impact the legs and thigh muscles. In fact, staying above the parallel limits will hurt your knees. So, make sure your thighs are parallel to the ground,” says Yashwant Pratap, fitness trainer, SeniorCare

The Bottom Line: it actually works really well for your overall body composition.

Dr. Layne Norton has spent years refining his squat technique. Follow his coaching tips and cues, learn how to squat, and you someday could be the proud owner of monster legs.