Humans have been squatting for 2.5 million years.
We used to squat when eating, cooking, socialising and defecating. In many parts of the world this is still the way people rest and conserve energy whilst leaving two hands free to perform daily tasks.
It’s no coincidence that in these under-developed parts of the world, where people squat instead of sitting in chairs, they have better posture, fewer musculoskeletal problems and hip replacements.
They also have better pelvic, hip and abdominal muscle tone and higher bone density compared to us (weak and soft) Westerners. Much of this is due to maintaining the ability to perform this simple functional movement which humans have evolved to perform over millenia.
Many people around the world still do not own a chair….. this truly is a blessing in disguise.
When was the last time you performed a squat? It’s a question worth asking yourself, because if you find it difficult or painful to squat then you have a problem. You will either have spinal restriction, muscle tightness/weakness or hip dysfunction. Your body has “forgotten” how to perform the simple and most functionally important movement our ancestors developed. This will usually translate into gait (walking) abnormality, pain and accelerated wear and tear of the spinal and hip joints. All undesirable if you want to age gracefully!
If you find it challenging to squat then it’s important to address this by seeing a chiropractor for spinal realignments and stretching tight muscles whilst strengthening weak muscles. Once you are better aligned you will be better positioned to start practicing squatting exercises.
Follow me on this short series of “Squatting 101” blogs to find out more…..