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Top 8 Benefits of Squats

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Squats are mostly known as a leg exercise, but they promote bodywide muscle building by catalyzing an anabolic environment. By building more muscle, they also help you burn more fat
  • Squats are one of the best functional exercises out there, promoting mobility and balance and helping you complete real-world activities with ease
  • Squats have long been criticized for being destructive to your knees, but research shows such fears are unfounded, provided they’re performed correctly
  • One of the primary benefits of squats is that they help your body produce nitric oxide, which promotes healthy endothelial function, heart health and healthy blood flow by helping your veins and arteries dilate. Nitric oxide also plays a protective role in your mitochondrial health and improves your immune function
  • Squats are one of the four movements included in the Nitric Oxide Dump workout, a really simple yet effective form of high-intensity exercise that you can do just about anywhere

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