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Squatting and the Squatty Potty


What is the best exercise for longevity?

During a radio broadcast on January 1, 2015, Stephen J. Dubner of Freakonomics, raised this interesting question.

The answer; getting up out of a chair. This was the most important exercise needed to do in increments, increasing your skill at squatting.

This radio broadcast continued with wise words from Gretchen Reynolds, writer from the New York Times.  She noted that the muscles needed to get out of a chair are the same that are used when squatting. Squats use almost all of the biggest muscles in your body- those in your upper legs, your back and your core.

In fact, as you begin to age, one of the best indicators of whether you will be independent well into your twilight years is if you can get up out of a chair.

With this knowledge about the importance of squatting, it made perfect sense when I came across the Squatty Potty.  Thus this latest finding while visiting a client’s home, ignited my interest in further looking into this new product.

20160910_13275120160910_132711 The Squatty Potty has been designed for those who have difficulty with bowel movements in the traditional position. This product also proves to be useful to those who have difficulty with squatting and those with Parkinson’s Disease. By using the Squatty Potty, this helps utilize the squatting position, a position that has already been proven to benefit us in the future.

Do you have trouble getting out of a chair? Have you ever used the Squatty Potty before? Let us know about your thoughts and experiences here.