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October 08 2007

The Single Best Stretch

By Mark Sisson
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If you happen to read the L.A. Times as I do, you may have caught their visual guide to a variation of one of the most beneficial stretches you can do, regardless of your fitness level: the wide-legged squat. I vlogged about this last week, so check out my quick beach sprint video to see how to do it. This very natural stretch is practiced all over the world by many cultures. For those who sit in front of a computer all day, it is really essential to eliminate tightness and tension. It’s the perfect way to stretch the legs, knees, glutes, back and more. And it just feels great, too. Try it out now.

Further reading:

Sara’s Easy Yoga Stretches

Find Your Target Heart Rate

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L.A. Times version

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  1. Not totally related to the squat stretch…

    For people who sit at computers all day, do you recommend those big rubber balls people sit on?

  2. I tried it, and it does feel great.

    (Wish I had a beach to run along too!).

    It’d be nice if there was a way of attacking the source of the problem too. Namely, office chairs. The more comfortable they are (which is associated with the more “good” they are), the less work the body does and the more things tend to slump over time.

    The only thing that beats a good wooden stool is the floor. 5,000 years of Middle/Far Eastern culture has a point.

  3. forget sitting down at the office, convert your workstation from sitting mode to a standing. I stand all day now, its great!

  4. I love this. I found a parody of this type of squat somewhere calling it “the Asian squat” — very funny video, but informative! I also went here:

    http://stronglifts.com/how-to-squat-with-proper-technique-fix-common-problems/

    I injured my knees a while back and am very cautious about doing things like this, but overall, I think they help a lot. Just have to do them the right way. I’m very happy you’re sharing all this information, especially about this squat…good stuff 😀 And the more we do it, the more natural it feels. I heavily prefer squatting over the toilet like this, using some books and a block of wood as stepping platforms on either side (would be so much easier with a squat toilet — maybe someday these will make a mainstream debut in America? Not likely, but it’d be neat XD)

    Anyway! …as an exercise I like to do using this deep squat, I simply do one pull up, then as I lower myself to the ground and my feet touch the floor, I lower all the way into this squat, then stand up again and do another pull up. I alternate between mixed grip, close grip, underhand, overhand, etc. — it’s a great workout. I also do it very, very slowly, and easing into that squat position just feels great.

    Thanks again, so much, for sharing 🙂

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  6. What if you can’t sit like that? I can only get that low if my heels lift of the ground…