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Quartzy: The forgotten art of squatting is a revelation for bodies ruined by sitting

Taking stock of my physical shape as I near 50, I find that mobility is one of my bigger weaknesses. It is an area that I need to improve. Sitting in a squat sounds like something I should be doing more of.

“Every joint in our body has synovial fluid in it. This is the oil in our body that provides nutrition to the cartilage,” Jam says. “Two things are required to produce that fluid: movement and compression. So if a joint doesn’t go through its full range—if the hips and knees never go past 90 degrees—the body says ‘I’m not being used’ and starts to degenerate and stops the production of synovial fluid.”