The best way to get better at squatting is to practise within your comfortable range of motion.
Getting a little closer to a squat is better than forcing your body into a position the tissues are not ready for. A small increase in loading helps your tissues adapt without stress.
The key is to stabilise, mobilise and strengthen your whole body, from top to toe. Start small. Flex your hips and knees a little more than what they are used to. Sit on a pile of blankets or a stool to peel your vegetables, play a board game or drink your favourite beverage.
If this is too much for now, simply sit on the front edge of your chair and let your muscles participate in holding you upright. That would be a great start!
Is this a good squat?!
Yes and no.
No, because it puts quite a strain on my knees, ankles and lower back. I have gone beyond what my body can comfortably do, for now.
Yes, because it informs me what areas I need to work on to rest like this with more ease - to poke the fire or to tie up my child's shoe laces, and maybe my grandchildren's one day!
What does your deep squat look like? Look in the mirror and see. Or get someone to take a picture.
Mum of 4, nature lover, passionate about the power of human movement.