Why you should squat rather than sit

Minute 1: Squatting - a simple position with a big impact

Normally when we break bad news to someone, we recommend sitting down so their knees don’t get wobbly. The thing is, sitting itself might be the problem. We’re not talking about the whole “sitting is the new smoking thing.” The issue is that when we do choose to take a load off, research has shown that we should avoid using a traditional seat. The details are in this new story: “Why everyone should learn to hold a deep squat position to get fit and live longer.” Researchers studied the habits of Tanzanian hunter gatherers known as the Hadza, and found some surprising results. They got daily exercise, but also rested quite a bit every day -- as much as 10 hours. That seems like a lot, but the Hadza showed no signs of disease associated with a sedentary life. So, what is it they do differently? Resting in a deep squat position, rather than sitting down. The researchers theorize that squatting “allows the body to rest, but still encourages flexibility and uses our muscles to keep us upright.” This muscle activity keeps the body healthy even through periods of relative inactivity. The findings line up with what we already know about the “Health Risks of an Inactive Lifestyle,” which include weight gain, loss of muscle mass, and a weakened immune system, to name a few. Squatting sounds simple enough, but a proper deep squat with your feet flat on the ground can be difficult for those not used to it. Try your best to get into position, and if it causes strain, hold it for a short amount of time. Repeat this enough, and eventually, the position will be as natural and comfortable as sitting feels. #InSitu

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