Why is it that so few people can squat correctly, yet my 7-year-old son squats perfectly? I’ve never taught him how to squat; he just knows how.
As we grow up and life happens, we are often sedentary even from a young age.
Poor postures created by sedentary lifestyles increase the risk of injury and decrease the body’s ability to move as it was designed to. It’s not uncommon to look out at class and see forward heads, internally rotated shoulders and exaggerated lumbar curves.
To move better and avoid pain we need to correct the muscle imbalances we have developed rather than just practicing the movement (e.g. squatting repeatedly)
Correct the muscle imbalance than restore the movement and then practice repetition.
First spot to check if you are having difficulty squatting is the hamstring and calf flexibility and strength through the core and glutes.
Work on your mobility and strength and then practice repetition of movement.