This is my client Robert. He is 57 years old and suffers from a degenerative disc condition that wreaks havoc on his vertebrae. Still, he is able to sit on his calves with a straight back, while keeping his weight on his heels. Why does this matter? Bill Burr does a hilarious bit about this in his special “Let It Go.” You can YouTube “Old Man Face” and it comes up.
But in all seriousness, being able to squat and hinge the hips are two markers that will determine how the second half of your life will go. If you are already starting to brace your legs with your hands to get up from a couch, your hips aren’t hinging properly. If you bend over to pick up groceries with straight legs and a curved back, you are losing the ability to squat and hinge together. It is just a matter of time before you either A) Can’t get up from a seated position on your own, or B) herniate a disc and end up in the ER.
If you are on the precipice of having difficulty doing either of these two basic movements, ask a fitness trainer or physical therapist to help you get back on track. Your quality of life depends on it.