Have you ever looked at a chair and thought, 'Psshh, who needs you?' If so, you're the ideal candidate for National Squat Day - a day that celebrates, you've guessed it, the humble squat! With a mere 27 mentions online, this day might still be warming up its muscles for hamstringing fame but don't be fooled by it's modest reputation.
It's national squat day on the 7th March.
There aren't many exercises out there that hold their own celebratory day but squat, hold my protein shake, because this quad blaster isn't any other exercise. Though it has only garnered 27 mentions online, it appears to have done a remarkable PR in visibility with most mentions on March 7th 2018. Why March 7th? Well, why not? After all, a squat is a leap of fitness faith that can be done any day, anywhere and requires no gym membership or fancy equipment - it's truly democratic!
Despite National Squat Day's still somewhat under-the-radar status, let's not forget what it stands for. It's a day that encourages us all to aim for a more active, healthier lifestyle. And to honor our gluteus to the maximus. After all, who doesn't want firm, stand-out and powerful glutes that can halve the stress on the knee joints!
How do you celebrate a day dedicated to one of the most primitive and primal movement patterns? Simply drop it like a squat! No bells, no whistles, just you and your commitment to redefine the laws of gravity in your favor. Give yourself a challenge of how many squats you can do in a minute or throughout the day. Better yet, challenge your friends and family and make it a fun day of fitness.
In the year 1386, the Middle English term 'squatten' emerged, meaning to crouch or sit close to the ground. This term was derived from the Old French word 'esquatir,' which meant to calm down or suppress. The concept of squatting at this time often referred to a physical position rather than a specific act or behavior.
By the year 1879, the term 'squatting' started to be associated with the act of occupying empty or abandoned buildings without permission. It gained popularity during the rise of urban industrialization, when many workers faced housing shortages and resorted to squatting as a means of finding shelter. Squatting became more closely tied to the socio-economic challenges of the time.
During the 1960s and 1970s, squatting took on a new dimension as a form of political activism. In cities such as Amsterdam, New York, and London, squatters began to occupy abandoned buildings not only for housing but also to challenge the prevailing property ownership norms. Squatting became a way to protest against rising property prices, gentrification, and the lack of affordable housing options.
From the 1980s onwards, squatting movements continued to evolve and diversify. The practice is often associated with countercultural communities, artists, and activists who see squatting as a means of reclaiming public spaces and challenging conventional notions of property rights. Squatting has also become a way for certain communities to create alternative living arrangements, such as intentional communities and eco-villages.
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