Who does not want a healthy body, but only a few really work towards maintaining it? It fills my heart with so much happiness when I see people around me genuinely concerned about having a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle does not only make you physically but mentally strong as well and brings joy in life.
However, on the other hand, with a lot of people taking advice only from friends, internet and neighbors there tend to be loads of myths being developed eventually.
One of the most common myths revolves around “Squats”. People have asked me questions like; “do squats make your butt bigger” or “do squats make your butt smaller”. Funny isn’t it!
Different people have different views about the same exercise. I have in fact come across people asking me “does running makes your thighs bigger?”
So, lemme answer what do squats do to your bum?
First thing things and that is, ‘To each his own!’ Squats have a different impact on different body shapes, each body reacts differently.
Squats, if done correctly are capable of bringing your body in shape. If you have a big butt then with squats your muscle will build up and most of your body shape will be consumed by muscles and not fat, which eventually brings your booty in that bouncy shape you have always wanted.
In contrast, if you are fairly thin then squats will start developing your muscles and with no fat present, the muscle will have enough room to develop a great shape.
I would always suggest working on getting your whole body in great shape and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, rather than aiming at just “how to get a smaller butt?” or “how to get a bigger butt?”
Also, just like your booty, NO squats DO NOT make your thighs bigger.
What do squats do for a woman’s body particularly?
Well, I literally stopped doing squats for 2 complete months and then started doing them again only to get an experience myself. I noticed that my menstrual cramps reached their peak when I wasn’t doing squats because apparently squats help in getting rid of the unwanted cellulite and it releases hormones that are great for the growth of muscle tissue.
It actually strengthens your back and if you are doing jump squats then they benefit your heart as well. Squats improve your overall body posture, so if you are someone whose work requires them to sit on a chair non-stop then this for sure is the exercise you need.
Honestly, if I was under a situation of “Squats vs. No Squats”, with no second thought I am definitely opting to do squats for the rest of my life.
Now you must be wondering – what muscles do squats work?
You know what, it is one exercise that can do wonders for your body.
A simple exercise like Squats works on a lot of muscles at once. It works your glutes (main extensor muscle for hip), quadriceps (large muscle group including front of thigh), adductor (triangular muscle at the medial side of the thigh), and soleus (muscle running from back part of the knee to heel).
It also takes support from a few more muscles including your spinal erectors, and abdominal muscles. Now this answers one more question that I am commonly asked: “do squats work abs?”
And another interesting fact, it doesn’t let you feel bored because of its various forms.
Always remember it wouldn’t matter how many squats you are doing at a stretch, but if you add some weight and try a different variety of squats it will surely give you better results sooner.
We are doing squats to build muscle strength and not to win any race, so quality matters over quantity. Having said that, around 40 to 50 squats a day with weights are far better than 100 squats a day.
Before and after the squats guide.
Nothing happens overnight. In order to see evident results, you have to be regular in a certain routine. Began with a routine of 4 weeks first. By the end of it, all the efforts will be worth it.
–Mostly the first two weeks will be spent identifying your pain areas and stressed or stiff muscles and then listening to all those motivational songs from your playlist to keep you moving. Sorry but the initial stage makes your muscles sore, so you might have to tolerate a bit of pain. “Nothing good ever came easy”
–Oh! Such a relief third week feels because now it’s become a part of your routine. Now squats began to feel easier than ever. But hey! You have to level up your game to get better results. So, now is when you introduce weights to your squats. Your body will tell you when it’s ready.
–By the time you reach week 4, just looking at the mirror would be enough of a motivation for you. And a few compliments from people around you are definitely going to make up for the pain you felt in the first two weeks.
From the beginning ensure that you have a correct posture while doing squats. Most people tend to raise their foot slightly, some people don’t bend enough, so either has a mirror in front of you or may send video to a friend who could possibly judge you.
With all the muscles in shape and strength, you’d feel energetic and confident. Your posture would have improved immensely by now. If you were someone with frequent back pain, then you are going to get a lot of relief.
Having said all of the above I shouldn’t forget to mention that your results are going to get highly influenced by the diet and schedule you follow. So, watch out before you jump on that extra cheese, or your favorite chocolate, although one cheat shouldn’t hurt that much.