Every now & then I'll be working with clients to always complain about having 'bad knees'. "My knees are so bad that I just stopped squatting and lunging all together", they say.
Maybe that's part of the problem - you're not performing squats (or any other related hip-knee dominant exercise) , which happens to be functional movement pattern that we use out in the real world. Maybe that's why your knees are so bad!
Think about it.
What happens when you drops your car keys or a pen/pencil on the floor? How do you pick it back up?
Hopefully you're not using your low back as you lean over from the hips to pick something up. Yet, we hear about this happening all of the time when people start 'throwing out their backs'.
Nope. Sorry. It wasn't that 1 incident that did your back in, but rather years of repetitive bad form that got you in trouble. Years of not using your legs to help you lift objects from the ground up. It just happened to be that this 1 incident was the 'straw that broke the camel's back', so to say.
Somewhere between our adolescent years and adulthood, we lose our ability to fully squat.
Guido Van Ryssegem, CSCS, ATC, PT - owner & founder of Kinetic Intergrations, as he give you the low down about the squat and how it applies to our daily movement patterns.