A while ago, I came across this article about relaxed squatting and how it helps improve performance on squats and deadlifts.
This is a deep squat onto flat feet with your arms resting on your knees or between your legs. At first, I had to hold onto the leg of a table for balance. Eventually, I was able to squat down and keep my balance without holding on to something, but I was resting my weight on the inside of my feet. So, I worked to distribute my weight more evenly and keep my feet flat.
To envision the proper position, just think of any group of construction workers on a smoke or coffee break in South America or Asia (places where this squat is commonly used). They squat down, relax, talk, smoke, drink, etc. If you still can’t picture it, you should watch this short instructional film by Daniel Hsia:
Unlike an hour of the Asian squat, sitting at a desk takes a toll on your body and your posture. Throughout the day, I get up and stretch. The squat stretch is a favorite, because it loosens my lower back and hips. Try it out, stick with it (at least once a day for a month) and see if you don’t notice greater flexibility and improved leg strength.
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