Why the Squat is Fundamental to Life

Squatting is a fundamental movement. Squatting is one of the first abilities we develop as a child, and it needs to be one of the last ones we lose as we age.  Your ability to perform a squat is fundamental to how you are able to function throughout your life.

Your ability to squat is critical to your ability to function independently. In my experience of working with seniors, there are two main reasons why a person will need additional care and support: 1. The person can no longer safely get from point A to point B (this usually involves walking). 2. The person is no longer able to stand up from a sitting position.  This means he/she cannot get up and down from a chair, a toilet, or even the bed.  If you cannot perform these activities safely and independently, then you will need additional care.

The squat is a critical exercise to maintain mobility and function as we age. For more information, please refer to 7 Reasons Why the Squat is Fundamental to Life.

Do you regularly practice squatting? If not, which modified version of the squat (as demonstrated in the video) can you start implementing?  Please leave your comments below.

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