I was on a vacation with a friend and we walked around a lot. She joked that she was trying out the Slav squat when she asked why she wasn't sitting.
The term "Squatting Slav" or "Slav Squat" refers to images of men dressed in tracksuits and hanging out together in a squatting position with their heels on the ground. People are often directed to the idea of the "Asian Squat" by searches for this meme.
Only about half of my friends were able to assume the squatting position without holding onto something.
As we get older, we stop squatting in our daily lives unless we use it as a form of exercise or yoga, according to a physical therapist.
Is it a good idea to hang out in a deep squat for a while? The optimal approach to the squat is being asked. Jam is one of the experts that broke it down.
Bryan Ausinheiler, a physical therapist, personal trainer and nutritionist who has developed an interest in the cultural differences in how people move their bodies, said that when you squat, your joints are at the end range of motion.
A good amount of balance is required to maintain a deep squat resting position.
It's like a Slinky, folding over and aligning your weight. You want to line up your center of balance so you can crumple down. The balance game is small.
Lin called it a balance game that targets multiple muscles.
Jam said that the ankle, knees, hips, and back move into their full rage of flexion, loading the joint and the cartilage which is necessary for maintaining good gird health.
It can be hard for some people to get into a deep squat position with their heels on the ground. This is usually the result of compromised ankle dorsiflexion, which means you can't bend your ankle and move your foot.
During a squat, full ankle dorsiflexion is required. Keeping the heels down won't be possible if people have stiff ankles or old ankle injuries. Simply hold on to a doorway or bar and go into a squat.
45 degrees is the optimum ankle range of motion for achieving a deep squat, and people with less than 35 degrees will struggle to get into the position.
He said that he measured the range of motion of his babies when they were born. It's easy for toddlers to squat. Their shins could be completely vertical because they have the body proportions of a chimp.
When a child's body proportions change, it becomes harder to squat.
Squatting will be easier for short people because of their proportionally shorter limbs. People who break world records are short.
Kids don't use their full range of ankle motion so it decreases over time Children should be encouraged to squat more in order to maintain a 45 degree range of motion.
He said that the range you use as a child will determine your squat capacity. Kids should not be sitting in chairs and desks until second grade. They should be on the floor more to maintain that motion.
We lose our range of motion as we get older if we don't keep up with it. The image is courtesy of d3sign.
Jam said that squatting is good for the body because it's good for the human body. Holding any posture or position for a long time will cause irritation to certain parts of the body.
He said that if you turn your neck to the right or left, it will help keep your neck healthy. If you hold your neck all the way and try to move it back to the center, it will make you feel uncomfortable.
Maintaining a healthy ankle, knees, hips and back is the same thing. They are moved through their full range by squatting.
It's not practical to remain in a squat position for a long time.
Matthew Stults-Kolehmainen said that stretching is better than sitting. A lot of the time we are sitting for a purpose and this would be unadvisable. People can't work in a squatting position.
There are possible drawbacks to squatting for a long time. Hockey goalies squat for extended periods and tend to develop hip issues, though their knee positioning may contribute to that.
He said that in a deep squat you are creating a problem. The front of the labrum is being pinched.
Different people respond in different ways.
Some people might be more prone to adverse health effects from squatting for long periods of time. Blood supply to your leg can be cut off if you squat deep. Your feet and legs will become numb at times.
A study out of China and the US found elderly people who spent more than an hour squatting each day in their 20s were more likely to have knee arthritis. Spending less than an hour in the squat position did not increase the rate of arthritis. A study suggested that occasional squatting reduced the risk.
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"I don't think we should spend more time hanging in a deep squat, certainly not more than sitting in a chair or standing, but it's a good movement to be able to do."
He said that there could be times in your life when you need to use a squatting toilet, pick something up from the ground or squat down with a child.
Lin said that there is balance. If you want to be in a squatting position for 15-20 minutes a day as part of your routine, I think that is great. We might hang out and squat like that, but then we get up and move around. As we work on a laptop, we aren't necessarily doing it all day.
Incorporating a variety of postures and movements into your daily life is what it takes to maintain a good range of motion.
Jam said that squatting is a self test of your health. I think we all should squat at least once a day, even if it is for a short time. The rule is either used or lost.
It is possible to get at least a small part of your ability to deep squat back.
Joint range is increased by mobility type movements. It's possible to build ankle, hip, knee and pelvis.
He thinks it is possible to get back up to 5 degrees of ankle range of motion.
If someone is unable to do a deep squat because of pain, they should seek the help of a physical therapist. My patients gain a lot of self-confidence when they are finally able to squat.
Although deep squatting can be a great tool in your bodily arsenal, that doesn't mean it's essential for everyone
The person said that some people should not squat. It's a good idea to consult with a professional before doing unaccustomed exercise. A lot of my patients do a sit to stand from a chair and do a squat. This would make fitness more effective.
He warned against choosing between sitting or doing a deep squat.
Stand up if you want to reduce sitting. Get some snack items for exercising. If you want to break up sitting time, you don't have to do a fancy squat. Don't sit, simply stop.
The article was first published on HuffPost.