Mastering This One Exercise is the Key to Better Hip Mobility and Living Longer

I Tried Doing Hindu Squats Every Day for a Week, and The Results Were Amazing
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Deep squat exercise

Maintaining hip mobility and flexibility becomes increasingly crucial as we age. Discover a simple yet powerful exercise that could potentially be the key to the fountain of youth: the deep squat.

While various miraculous treatments and exercises claim to unlock the secrets of a longer life, could the uncomplicated deep squat be the answer? Recent studies on the Hadza tribe, a group maintaining an ancestral lifestyle in Tanzania, suggest a possible link between the deep squat, longevity, and health.

Uncovering Sedentary Behavior Amongst the Hadza Unlike many hunter-gatherer tribes that adopted modern lifestyles, the Hadza tribe persists in their ancestral ways. Surprisingly, their sedentary activities, similar to our modern lifestyles, involve a more active form of sitting— the deep squat.

Deep Squats and Long-Term Health Benefits Although the Hadza tribe doesn’t boast longer life expectancies, their choice of deep squats over chairs yields numerous health advantages, some lasting well into late life. The ability to effortlessly rise from the floor serves as a predictor of longevity and health in later years. Deep squats engage and strengthen muscles crucial for seamless transitions between sitting and standing.

Perfecting the Deep Squat Technique Despite its seemingly straightforward nature, executing a deep squat demands attention to form to avoid potential knee, hip, and back pain.

Follow these steps to master the deep squat:

How to Do a Deep Squat

How to Do a Deep Squat
  1. Stand with feet hip-width apart.
  2. Bend your knees, lowering your buttocks toward the ground.
  3. Aim to keep heels on the ground.
  4. Hold the bottom position for 30 seconds or longer as you progress.
  5. Push yourself back up into a standing position.

Incorporating Deep Squats into Daily Life Once comfortable with deep squats, integrate them into your daily routine. Squat during work breaks, while watching TV, or even during dinner. This versatile exercise can be seamlessly woven into your day, enhancing both mobility and vitality.

The Verdict

The Verdict Amidst various longevity claims, the key lies in maintaining a healthy lifestyle—nutritious eating, stress management, and consistent physical activity. The deep squat stands out as a unique way to stay active even during moments of rest, contributing to a longer, healthier life.

Bennett Richardson, DPT, PT, CSCS

Bennett Richardson, based in Pittsburgh, PA, is a dedicated physical therapist and writer. Certified as a strength and conditioning coach (CSCS) since 2014, he holds a BS in exercise science and a doctorate in physical therapy, both from Slippery Rock University. Beyond his professional pursuits, Bennett enjoys leisurely reading and staying active.

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