It’s so easy, your toddler is probably doing it...

It’s so easy, your toddler is probably doing it...

Getting down low is more than a funky dance move. Who would have thought that the humble Primal Squat, the thing that most toddlers and children do so easily and effortlessly, is one of the keys to motion, movement and strength in adults?

It’s also one thing that many adults aren’t able to do with ease. When asked why they struggle to hold this position, man people blame their knees, age and hips.  At what point did we start to lose the ability to get into a squat, hold the pose and sit comfortably with no pain?

Everybody can work their way up to sitting comfortably in a Primal Squat. Used to alleviate pains, stiffness and aches, people in India and Asia have worked this out to be the secret to staying mobile, many opting to eat in this position and wait for the bus in this position rather than sitting sedentary on chairs. This is a stark difference to Western society, where we are least likely to adopt a squat when we aren’t working out or focusing on our fitness.

To complete the Primal Squat, simply stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and lower your body until your thighs are parallel to the floor. You can use a wall or a chair to help support your body in the earlier stages, aiming to sit in this position for 30 seconds a time to start with, gradually increasing the length of time and removing the chair/wall support.

There are enormous benefits when it comes to this technique. Sitting in a Primal Squat for just a couple of minutes per day can help:

  • Improve flexibility and range of motion
  • Increase circulation throughout entire body
  • Improves balance
  • Prevent injuries
  • Strengthen joints
  • Building muscle
  • Activates the pelvic floor

The other benefit is this is a simple way to tone and benefit a number of your muscles and parts of the body including:

  • Glutes
  • Quadriceps
  • Hips
  • Calves
  • Lower Back
  • Hamstrings

Like all types of fitness, if you’re fairly new to this type of activity and have If you have limited strength and flexibility, you will need to ease into the Primal Squat. It might also take some time to achieve optimal stance, but like with all fitness and health goals, the more you work at it, the easier it will become.
Get ready to notice the difference, improve your strength, and begin moving with as much agility as a leopard! Let us know how you find it in the comments below…

Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith is the Founder of Glow For Life, with personal experience acting as the driving force for her passion to make a positive difference to the health and wellness of others.

Danielle tipped the scales at 30kg overweight in her childhood years and was a constant target for bullying. After making the decision to lose weight, Danielle moved to the opposite end of the spectrum, battling anorexia and bulimia for several years. Due to these early issues in her childhood she suffered from health issues later on in life like IBS, an underactive thyroid, nutrient deficiencies which lead to fatigue where she has spent countless hours and dollars with doctors, naturopaths and numerous allied health professionals trying to identify what was wrong.

After a lengthy recovery process, Danielle was able to build a healthy relationship with food, exercise and body image and made this a core priority in her life.

Unfortunately, a corporate career path with no passion or personal motivation caused Danielle’s priorities to slip, with health, fitness and attitude to life all taking a back seat.

The ‘Glow moment’ that Danielle had was a telephone call informing her that her mother was going to die. She was sick with jaundice, had a tracheotomy in her throat, was on a dialysis machine and her body was not receiving the nutrients required. The next day her father was admitted to hospital with renal failure.

Having experienced first-hand what can happen when you don’t prioritise health and wellness, Danielle knew it was her purpose to help educate and assist people to make positive changes in their lives to ensure that they are the ultimate version of themselves.

This was the catalyst for Danielle to quit her corporate career, study fulltime and begin her “Glow for Life” journey.

Since taking the plunge, Danielle has worked as a Personal Trainer at Soultrain in Woolloomooloo and as a Sport Massage therapist for the GWS Giants and worked with Julia Russell Massage therapy with such sports teams like The NSW Waratahs, South Sydney Rabbitohs, West Tigers and the NSW Cricket team.  She has just recently returned from spending time in New York training with some of the elite trainers at Equinox Greenwich in Manhattan and Celebrity Trainer from Muscle Manhattan, as well as training in Thailand at a Muay Thai training camp,  with current Muay Thai champion fighters.

Danielle is currently working with individuals, couples and families as well as in the corporate space, promoting health and wellness in the workplace and in general life.