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Have you been striking a pose?

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And as so many generations have come to realize over the course of the two-hundred and twenty one years since a band of patriots signed that document in Philadelphia,

And as so many generations have come to realize over the course of the two-hundred and twenty one years since a band of patriots signed that document in Philadelphia,

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Have you been striking a pose?

There is a fair chance that as you read these words, you will be sitting down this very minute. This point has become so ubiquitous that it has become its own public health issue (who knew?), seemingly correlated to but actually quite distinct from that of our chronic lack of movement. So no need to get on the stair master, yet.
As modern people of the world, you’ve likely heard of the perils of sitting as the standing-desk craze that has swept offices across the globe (full disclosure: these words are being typed from a standing desk). As with any type of hype, there is always a backlash. Hence the rise of documented perils of standing effecting our primal brains and causing the humble cankle.
Yet, this two sided debate is lacking a key point. A third point or pose that sits between the two. Squatting may sound foreign or uncomfortable to those of us without a gym membership. Yet, a huge swath of the population on this earth completes this pose each day, whether as an act of faith, meal prep, giving life, breaking bread or producing a stool.
So what’s the deal in wealthy nations (and, increasingly, wealthy people in poorer nations) and not squatting? The humble chair and our porcelain throwns have certainly contributed, yet so has society. In many cultures today, being close to the ground is still seen as an unwanted status symbol. Hence our egos mean we all lose, in a bunch of differing ways.
It’s about being grounded?
A deep squat is one of a few ‘foundational postures’ that are good for us and “deeply embedded into the way our bodies are built.” When you look at the rise of humans, it’s hard to argue —that our ancient ancestors didn’t squat for a very long time.
So we’re on the same page, we’re referring to the deep squat: flat footed, spine lengthened, and bum wavering above the floor. This is a little different to the squat that may occur in your regular group fitness class. The idea of performing shallow, potentially weight-bearing squats is not something our ancestors traditionally practised. Walking a mile with wild game on their backs, and then resting in a deep squat by the fire? Sure. Doing repetitive partial squats while holding an antelope? Probs not.
In its natural form, the deep squat is a form of active rest. Hanging out in one briefly a few times a day helps provide the movement and compression that keeps our joints well lubricated with synovial fluid. Otherwise, the body basically doesn’t bother producing this fluid, and our joints dry up. In other words: Use it or lose it.
The deep squat is also about getting grounded. Experts including Beach say that “floor life”—which literally means getting close to the floor, much like you might do in your weekly yoga class—is a key to wellness. The practice creates a sense of physical embodiment that’s increasingly absent from our hyper-intellectualized, screen-dominated lives.
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Have you been striking a pose?
There is a fair chance that as you read these words, you will be sitting down this very minute. This point has become so ubiquitous that it has become its own public health issue (who knew?), seemingly correlated to but actually quite distinct from that of our chronic lack of movement. So no need to get on the stair master, yet.
As modern people of the world, you’ve likely heard of the perils of sitting as the standing-desk craze that has swept offices across the globe (full disclosure: these words are being typed from a standing desk). As with any type of hype, there is always a backlash. Hence the rise of documented perils of standing effecting our primal brains and causing the humble cankle.
Yet, this two sided debate is lacking a key point. A third point or pose that sits between the two. Squatting may sound foreign or uncomfortable to those of us without a gym membership. Yet, a huge swath of the population on this earth completes this pose each day, whether as an act of faith, meal prep, giving life, breaking bread or producing a stool.
So what’s the deal in wealthy nations (and, increasingly, wealthy people in poorer nations) and not squatting? The humble chair and our porcelain throwns have certainly contributed, yet so has society. In many cultures today, being close to the ground is still seen as an unwanted status symbol. Hence our egos mean we all lose, in a bunch of differing ways.
It’s about being grounded?
A deep squat is one of a few ‘foundational postures’ that are good for us and “deeply embedded into the way our bodies are built.” When you look at the rise of humans, it’s hard to argue —that our ancient ancestors didn’t squat for a very long time.
So we’re on the same page, we’re referring to the deep squat: flat footed, spine lengthened, and bum wavering above the floor. This is a little different to the squat that may occur in your regular group fitness class. The idea of performing shallow, potentially weight-bearing squats is not something our ancestors traditionally practised. Walking a mile with wild game on their backs, and then resting in a deep squat by the fire? Sure. Doing repetitive partial squats while holding an antelope? Probs not.
In its natural form, the deep squat is a form of active rest. Hanging out in one briefly a few times a day helps provide the movement and compression that keeps our joints well lubricated with synovial fluid. Otherwise, the body basically doesn’t bother producing this fluid, and our joints dry up. In other words: Use it or lose it.
The deep squat is also about getting grounded. Experts including Beach say that “floor life”—which literally means getting close to the floor, much like you might do in your weekly yoga class—is a key to wellness. The practice creates a sense of physical embodiment that’s increasingly absent from our hyper-intellectualized, screen-dominated lives.
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