There's this article that basically says we damage our bodies because we don't #squat in the west: https://quartzy.qz.com/1121077/to-solve-problems-caused-by-sitting-learn-to-squat/ My opinion: they're right.
@ninjawedding @shadowfirebird @steckerhalter
As I said, not the squatting but the years. Lots of older people have bad knees. Even at age 30 I would have done myself serious damage trying to rise from a squat (years of crawling around under desks as an IT op).
Did some judo before that, found squatting perfectly comfortable on the knees, a bit painful on the toes… but I think unless it's a lifelong habit, best avoided for older folk…
So should we replace sitting with squatting and say goodbye to our office chairs forever? Beach points out that “any posture held for too long causes problems” and there are studies to suggest that populations that spend excessive time in a deep squat (hours per day), do have a higher incidence of knee and osteoarthritis issues.
But for those of us who have largely abandoned squatting, Beach says, “you can’t really overdo this stuff.”
@steckerhalter @shadowfirebird @ninjawedding
The answer to "should we all…" is always no IMO.
Look, my knees lock out just from *sitting* for a while, never mind squatting or kneeling. I can't be the only one. Many older people struggle to get up from a *chair*, never mind the floor.
Should we encourage a society where we are all free to (eg) sit in a way that's comfortable to us, no matter how weird it looks to others? Hell yes.
But, that's not the same question.