Squats are touted as one of the best exercises by most exercise scientists. It may seem like a lower body exercise but in fact you are targeting the whole body. Squats improve core strength, flexibility, and balance. It is one of the top exercises used for rehabilitation. Some people fear that you may be doing damage to the joints involved but in fact squats can actually strengthen your tendons, muscles and bones. Most of our everyday chores involve squatting whether it be picking up a toddler, getting out of a chair, or gardening. Squats can improve athletic performance and prevent the injuries which may occur from any sport. If you have neglected to practice squatting, use the back of a chair to balance yourself. After which you can move on to free squatting and if you a not feeling it is enough of a challenge, grab a light barbell in front of your chest for extra weight. Don’t be intimidated! Slow constant motions with good form even if it is only a few at the beginning can be extremely rewarding. Always consult your physician if you are doubtful of your ability to safely perform a squat.