Squatting. Is that like...mmmmh.... a bad word?! 

Remember that song that goes "You don't know what you've got 'til it's -- gone"? 

Heartache aside, you don't know the range of joint mobility you've got 'til it's — gone. 

Every(human)body should be able to squat. Comfortably squat. 

Feet flat on the ground, let your bottom fall by gravity and there you go. Your entire spine, neck-to-coccyx, relaxes. 

It is a resting position. It is a working position. It is a multipurpose movement. It is the most natural way a kid would bend down to get something off of the floor. 

Still thinking it is weird? 

"Weirdness" and its opposite "normality" are byproducts of society and culture. What you consider to be weird other people would consider to be ordinary. It is a matter of society unwritten rules. Habits. Fashion. Coolness. 

Now I ask you to zoom out a bit and to think globally. We, the 'Westerners' (1,3 bln), are the only society on the Planet to set a norm that is 'uncool' to squat in public. Which is namely to take a resting position natural to the human body, without the need of any external prop like a chair. 

Africans (1,111 bln), they do it. Indians (1,252 bln), they do it. Chinese (1,357 bln), they do it. 

1,3 bln not squatting people VS. 3,7 bln squatting people (times 3!)

What's wrong with all these billions of squatting people? Nothing is wrong. If simple math talks to you, it is natural. Just natural. 

Having said so, I understand if you don't want to go against society rules for the sake of bon-ton. So practice squatting when nobody sees you... 

Practice it in the shower, at lunch time in the office, on a desert island, on a solo ride in the elevator, when you are chatting with your mobile... 


Learn how to squat in a safe way 

Squatting is the movement of bending your knees at various degrees, so that you can rest your body comfortably, or you can absorb shocks through your legs, or you can prepare for a strength explosion, or... a lot of other things. 

You can start by helping support your weight and balance leaning on a chair, wall, door, tree.

If you practice a few minutes of squatting every day slowly your body will get used to it (used to it again, since no doubt you were doing it when you were a kid). 

Ideally, you want to aim at touching the ground with both of your heels (flat feet on the ground) and hang out squatting for several minutes in a raw. You can use the squatting position while you are reading a book, waiting for a friend, working with the computer, watching videos, hanging out at the beach, etc. 

To learn why you should start practicing squatting right now read my thoughts about it in the Natural Lifestyle Titbits Series. 

I'd like to share with you here some of the wise words about squatting from my inspirational teacher of biomechanics and movement Katy Bowman. 

Pictures courtesy of Katy Bowman's Instragram profile @NutritiousMovement. Head over to Nutritious Movement to learn A LOT about how to re-introduce healthy movements in your day-to-day life.