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Is Squatting Bad For You?

I bet if I asked you “What is more risky for your body, squatting or sitting?” you would say “well squatting, obviously.”  And, I can understand why…

We’ve been taught that squatting is dangerous… a sure-fire way to hurt your back and knees…sitting, on the other hand, must be safe because, well, we sit all the time and nothing bad happens right?

Yet another myth we’ve been sold.

Now don’t get me wrong, squatting done incorrectly can also be traumatic and stressful to your body.

But a properly performed squat – the way we are designed to “sit” – is not only safe it is one of the most fundamental movements we can (and need to) do as humans. 

In fact, the concept of sitting in a chair only goes back about 1000 years (a blink of an eye in our evolutionary history), and only became a common household item about 200 years ago! Prior to that, squatting, kneeling and lounging on the ground would have been our most efficient resting positions.

If you need any further evidence that the squat is a highly efficient and comfortable resting position…  Just watch any group of toddlers!  They can sit in a squat with bum down, chest up for minutes at a time seemingly without effort…  And believe it or not, we have the capacity to maintain (or regain) this movement in adulthood.

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Whether you think of it or not, you already squat multiple times every day: getting out of bed, going up and down from a chair, going to the bathroom, getting in and out of your car…

When done properly, squatting is an excellent way to build mobility, strength, and stamina throughout your whole body and it is a super-important movement for the spine to function properly.

Not to mention it’s a great strategy to help manage any back pain you may be dealing with.

So here’s what to do…

The Wellness Group 30-Day Squat Challenge is designed to help improve your squat, whether you’re a total newbie or a seasoned weight-lifter, everyone will benefit from this squat challenge!

The goal is to accumulate time spent in the resting squat position starting with 1 minute on June 1 and adding 1 minute for every day of the month.

So on day 2, you will accumulate 2 minutes in your best squat position. On day 3, you will accumulate 3 minutes and so on all the way up to day 30 where you will spend 30 minutes in a perfect squat position.

“You want me to squat for 30 minutes straight??”

Haha, no I don’t have time for that so I can’t expect you to either…

In fact, you will gain much more benefit from breaking the required squat time into several movement breaks throughout your day.

So on day 10 that might look like 10 x 1min squat holds.  Because you don’t need any equipment, this can be done at home, work, kids soccer practice, at the beach…

This is on purpose:  Imagine if by the end of the month you have developed the habit of regularly

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johnDr. John MacPhee is a Chiropractor, speaker and passionate health and wellness expert. He has inspired thousands of people to take control of their own health using the Life By Design method. Dr. John is co-owner of The Wellness Group, the largest Life By Design Certified Chiropractic office in Canada. Apart from full time practice, John maintains a busy speaking schedule, with a particular emphasis on improving productivity and focus at work. Otherwise you can find John training hard at CrossFit 613, exploring Gatineau Park, or holed away studying the latest research at various cafes across the west end.