Squats may help your back

By |February 8th, 2016|media|Comments Off on Squats may help your back

Squats may help your back.

“Very few exercises are as natural as the squat. Since the very beginning of time, man has been squatting down to pick berries, gather food, light fires and cook. It makes sense then that the squat builds pure functional strength. Not only do they build huge amounts of muscle, squats also force your body’s nerve networks to work your muscles more efficiently.”

The squat is fundamental movement that is vital for the health of your spine. Everyone should be able to perform a squat in order to be able to cope with the physical demands of everyday life.  

Squatting is a compound exercise that utilises your entire body as a complete unit. The hips and legs push the weight up and the trunk and back muscles stabilise your back.

Every healthy toddler will instinctively squat instead of bend and usually with near perfect form when picking something up. Their muscles are capable and their joints biomechanically efficient to perform the movement, however as we age we pick up bad habits – sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day shortens our hip flexors, and inappropriate gym routines focused on isolating muscles and performing non-functional movement may lead to a dysfunctional movement patterns and ultimately – injuries. If you have to pick up a heavy object from a floor, but unable to squat down, you would probably bend over and lift with your back. Your back is not designed to weight bear in bending position. It will strain your back! Here is the proper lifting technique to help reduces the chance of injuring oneself.

Stand with feet shoulder width apart, toes pointing forward, keeping your chest lifted which will help your spine […]