Most people in the modern world are concerned with doing as little as possible for maximum results. This goes for dieters and their exercise plans too! They want to know how little exercise they can get away with while still achieving progress on their diet plan.
(This is not necessarily a terrible thing. It’s a reality for most people. We can’t afford to spend hours in the gym on a daily basis, so it makes sense to get the best results for your time spent.)
If you only do one exercise, do this one
So what’s the least exercise you can do and still get results?
Well, that depends on what exercise you’re wanting to do. So, what if we said you can only do one exercise? Which exercise gives the best weight loss benefit, while increasing strength, and also making your muscles firmer and your body more athletic too? I have the answer.
So here’s the thing, squats are the best exercise for the WHOLE body, and for the metabolism. Why is that? Well, for starters, squats work all of your muscles, especially once they get heavier. Try just standing up with a heavy weight on your back, and tell me you can relax the top half of your body.
You’re going to work your whole leg, your abs and back, and if you maintain good posture and tension, you’ll work everything else too. Squats are also incredibly good for calorie-burning. Your metabolism gets pretty fired up by the squat precisely because of the amount of muscle mass you’ll be using (not to mention the balance and coordination required) to get the movement right.
So if you only do one exercise, SQUAT. Start with your bodyweight, get the movement right, then add weight. You’ll be amazed at the results.
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