We all have heard that long periods of sitting aren’t healthy for you. So we get off our butts and stand up. But anyone who has stood for more than a few hours knows that long periods of standing are problematic and tiring as well. Where does the solution lie? Simple. Let’s squat!
Man, like his fellow primates, has always used the squatting position for resting, working and performing bodily functions. Infants of every culture instinctively squat before they can even walk. Unfortunately, in our modern western society, many of us go through every single day without this movement. Although it may seem strange to someone who has spent the majority of their entire life deprived of the experience, this is the way the human body was designed to function.
There are many modifications to help you squat if it is a range of motion that is difficult for you. In fact, I recommend to many of my students that they should practice their squat every day for 20 minutes or more (not necessarily all at once). Eventually though, just squatting on its own can get a little boring. So I’ve spiced up a fun squat routine that involves a lot more than just resting. Here is a taste!
If these movements are too challenging for you, then just go back to working on that simple squatting position. It truly is our most natural posture.