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Podcast 234 – To Squat, or Not To Squat, and Why You Should Consider Each


senior fitness with meredith

Squatting is a great exercise to help build lower body strength and stability at any age. It is a multi-muscle movement and contributes to everyday activities like walking up stairs, getting in or out of a chair or a car and many more that we may not realize. Squatting also has a negative connotation when it comes to exercise, many people do not enjoy doing them regardless of the benefits and we can understand why.

In this episode, we’re taking a look at both sides of the argument and making a case for considering why they may be beneficial for you and when you should try alternative lower body exercises.

In This Episode You Will Learn:

1). What is a squat and what movements/muscles are engaged when your body goes into, and comes out of a proper squat.

2). What activities do we partake in everyday that are very similar to squatting which we may not be aware of?

3). Why squatting has a reputation of not being a favored exercise and how this may be an over assumption in many cases.

4). Some great alternative exercises to doing squats that still build strength in the same muscles you use when doing squats.

5). Meredith’s tips on knowing when squatting may not be the best exercise for you.


We hope the information we’ve shared in this episode is helpful to you or someone you know who may be looking to add squatting to their regular exercise. It can be intimidating especially if you’ve had bad experiences in the past or have pain in areas that rely on the movement of squatting. Staying active is always the key no matter what exercises you enjoy and squats definitely have their benefits but knowing what works best for you is always the best path to a long and healthy life.

Team Meredith