Squatting multiple times daily is one of the best ways to maintain knee, ankle, hip and pelvic floor health while also keeping arthritis at bay.
But in our Western culture, squatting is an ability many of us have lost because we’ve stopped going all the way to the ground and instead stop our range of motion at the height of the chair in which we’re sitting.
Your body adapts to the position you spend the most time in and, for many of us, that means we have perfectly adapted to sitting in chairs. This means we rarely experience our body’s full range of motion. And when it comes to your body, the old saying, “use it or lose it” applies.
If most of your time is spent sitting in chairs, squatting (or floor sitting) may feel difficult if not impossible.
Inviting the squat position back into your daily routine is vital, but if it’s a position you haven’t visited in a while, it’s not something you want to force.
Today’s exercise is a safe and gentle way to begin inviting this archetypal posture back into your body.
Check out today’s video and give the exercise a try. I’d love to hear how it goes in the comments below.
See you in the studio!