August 15, 2021

Squatting or Kneeling May Be Beneficial for Health

Emily Gersema, on pressroom.usc.edu:

The USC-led team has shown that resting postures used before the invention of chairs — like squatting and kneeling — may hold the answer, as they involve higher levels of muscle activity then chair-sitting.

I enjoy these reminders that practices thousands of years old are still applicable — even advantageous:

In fact, the Hadza are sedentary for about as much time — around 9 to 10 hours per day — as humans in more developed countries. However, they appear to lack the markers of chronic diseases that are associated, in industrialized societies, with long periods of sitting.

I’ve started doing some flat feet kneeling as part of my stretch routing.


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