Before chairs came along humans used to squat. In some cultures, such as Indian, they still squat, that’s the natural way for them. In fact that is the natural way for humans, regardless of their culture. We all come from the same source, then we use labels. But that’s just the surface, we all come from the same place, the same source.
What is natural for one is natural for everyone. However, if we stop moving in a certain way the body, the muscles, are not adapted anymore, they “forget” but when they do go back to the natural state if feels amazing.
Squatting is probably the most primitive movement. And, as I always say, your body was designed to move. That is why you have joints, tendons, ligaments. Your skeletal system was designed to be used, and when you don’t it weakens.
Have you ever noticed the fetal position? You were squatting before you were even born!
Benefits of deep squat:
- joint strength – ankles, knees, hips
- muscle strength – particularly important are the glutes which are stabilizers for the lower back as well as strengthening the hamstrings, thus less risk of lower back pain
- core strength
- bone health – bone density is affected by the pressure you put on your skeletal system
- healthy bowel movement
- healthy nerve functioning
- improved flexibility and mobility – we all know how we feel then our body is stiff, and as we age, mobility is even more important
- reduce risk of injuries – as your body gets stronger and more mobile and flexible
- posture – you learn a lot about posture when you learn to squat; you also learn about how to use your muscles in correct sequence
Squatting with weights
When you squat with weights stop at a 90 degrees angle at the knee, or stop when thighs are parallel to the ground.
There are many benefits of deep squatting. But the deep squat is, or should be, part of a series of exercises done on a regular basis. That does not mean every day, although squatting everyday can make a huge difference to your mobility, strength and overal fitness.
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So here’s the deep or full squat technique: