We’ve all heard doctors say “Don’t squat below parallel. It’s bad for your knees”. That’s completely bogus! Squatting is not bad. It actually helps! Check out the video below and find out how.
Our bodies are BUILT to squat below parallel. Watch how a toddler changes levels from standing to reach for something on the ground. Our bodies are wired from birth to be able to do this foundation movement.
The squat is important for hip strength, spinal strength, knee health, and pelvic function. Executed properly, there is absolutely no reason why a person shouldn’t work to develop capacity in the squat below parallel… especially if longevity and long term independence is important do you. Our bodies are MEANT to squat below parallel.
Squats are even great for a total body workout. They effectively work most of the major muscle group of our butt, hips and thighs. Squats can be done anywhere and anytime too! That is why it’s considered to be the most versatile exercise. You can do it at almost in any location with or without equipment.
If you constantly do squats, you can increase it’s difficulty by adding weights. It’s especially important to maintain proper form when using weights. Squat exercises are a motion that we often use in real life. For example is when you bend down to pick something up, you’ll be thankful that, because of your squat exercise routine, you’ll have the strength and flexibility to get the job done.
Most adults in western culture have lost the ability to achieve this position with control because of a wonderful invention known as the chair. Eastern cultures on the other hand… it’s not uncommon for people to eat in this position, garden, use the bathroom, hang out with friends.
Key Health Note. There’s also significantly less instance of hip or knee replacements in these cultures. We don’t find that to be a coincidence.