Squat Your Way to Better Health

Did you know that the traditional toilet actually obstructs your bowels? Get-Fit Guy explains how squatting (instead of sitting) can help you stay healthier and introduces the design for the toilet of the future.

Ben Greenfield
2-minute read

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of squatting. In the episode Get Better Legs With 13 Squat Variations, I give you lots of ideas for various types of squats.

But there’s one place you should be squatting that tends to fly under the radar: the bathroom.

And while the bathroom may seem like it has nothing to do with fitness, one of the top sources of injury and bad form at the gym that I observe over and over again are tight hip flexors from sitting and weak glutes from not incorporating a squatting motion into daily activities (e.g. if you work in an office and sit in a chair all day, you know what I mean).

And you can actually squat your way to better fitness by squatting (rather than sitting) – even when you’re using the toilet. Even though I’ve been “squatting” for years, as I discuss in my article at "Why You Should Squat to Poop", the importance of squatting was recently highlighted for me when I saw this brand new toilet invention.

Created by design students at the University of Arts London, this "toilet of the future" has a slight forward-leaning angle of the seat that juts up from the base of the structure, which allows you to your their feet on the edge of the device as you heed nature's call. In contrast to the traditional Western toilet which forces the user to sit at a 900 angle, which can obstruct the bowels and lead to many health problems, this modern squatting style not only activates muscles, but helps you to have a more natural “movement," so to speak. It also has other cool features such as analyzing your waste for health problems, nutritional deficiencies, or even pregnancy. 

So it turns out that you can squat your way to better health without even using the barbell at the gym!

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Toilet image courtesy of NBC News.

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About the Author

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology; personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); a sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), an advanced bicycle fitting certification from Serotta. He has over 11 years’ experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports, and as helped hundreds of clients achieve weight loss and fitness success.