Regular deep squats are not only important to improve your posture and prevent injuries, but also affect other vital functions of your body.
It has been scientifically proven that with improved joint mobility and lower physical strength it is easier for the musculoskeletal system to adopt a better alignment. "Inability to perform a deep squat can cause pain or injury to any joint in the body," says Roop Sihota, a Bay Area, USA physical therapist. In fact, research shows that people in rural areas of some developing countries where the “sit squat” is a common resting position have the lowest incidence of posture-related problems, like lower-back pain.
A Chinese study found that occasional squat training actually reduces the risk of developing knee osteoarthritis (Lin et al. 2010). In general, knee health is based, among other things, on the “use-it-or-lose-it” principle. If we don't bend our hips and knees over 90 ° for years, the joints will begin to degenerate and a variety of problems can arise. Deep squats promote healthy cartilage in the synovial hips, knees and ankles (Pitsillides et al. 1999, Nguyen et al. 2010).
Additionally, a 2013 study from Gorsuch showed that having greater low back strength through deep squatting decreased the instances of hamstring injuries in runners. The more stable their lower back was, the less chance they had to sustain a hamstring injury.
In addition, the deep squat does even more. A functional movement test frequently used in practice is the overhead deep squat. The better your movement skills are, the fewer movement compensations you make. The squat is the de facto standard for checking the movement ability today, since a large number of muscle groups and joints are used in this movement.
Conclusion: The deep squat is a natural movement that activates your joints and thus prevents pain and injuries. The AIMO™ Challenge motivates you to regularly do a healthy amount of deep squats, using the AIMO™ Scan to ensure quality when performing this natural movement. Have fun squatting!