March 16, 2020
Rather than sitting down, you may wish to squat.
That’s the conclusion of a recent study at the University of Southern California, which concluded that squatting and kneeling were important resting positions in human evolution—and may be important for modern human health.
Sitting on one’s duff for hours a day is linked to some health risks, including cardiovascular disease, likely because it involves low muscle activity and low muscle metabolism. It turns out, however, that squatting and kneeling are forms of “active rest,” which requires muscles to maintain a light level of activity even when a person is not moving. The study focused on a tribe of hunter-gatherers in Tanzania that is sedentary for about as much time — around 9 to 10 hours per day — as humans in more developed countries. In their down time, however, the tribe members never sit. Instead, they squat. The study revealed that the tribe lacks the markers of chronic diseases that are associated, in industrialized societies, with long periods of sitting.
Now to replace the standing desk with the “squatting desk”….