When I started squatting, my knees were so weak I couldn't walk up a flight of stairs without pain. I finally started exercising because my doctor gave me a look of disdain, handed me a sheet of basic exercises and told me to get out (edit: when I went to her to ask about my knee pain...)
I'm not going to argue for (or against) working in squatting position, but squats done properly are not going to hurt your knees.
Is that a specific type of squat, or just a normal squatting position without any weight?
A crucial difference from how many westerners squat is that the weight is carried back on the heels. Westerners tend to squat with weight forward on the toes, which is highly fatiguing.
There's a vintage video on the topic:
(This was linked in the article, but it's since gone walkabout).
When people unused to squatting squat down, they often end up barely reaching parallel.
In contrast to the western "catcher's squat" (from baseball) where the heels are off the ground and the weight is on the balls of your feet.
In China, until recently, all toilets were basically squatting toilets, yet octogenarians had no issue squatting to use them... how old are you that you can't do for 5 minutes what an 80 year old can do several times a day?
Also, I'd like to point out the differences in length of time between taking a shit and a normal 8 hour work day.
I'm not saying this is impossible, but I understand the trepidation.
And we still don't have any arguments supporting either position. I do squat for a few minutes every day to facilitate my squat lifting workout but don't see an inherent benefit. I suppose one can argue that it has been a natural movement for so long that our bodies may be genetically designed for it.
My mobility is still poor compared to what it was when I was a child, but at 38 I'm now finally more flexible again than I was at 25, maybe more so than at 20, and it's great to not feel constrained by weird movement patterns.
long-limbed people have more difficulty with this, while shorter-limbed people don't have difficulty with this after a little stretching
Edit: I did just take another spin through it and she doesn't mention squatting at all, kind of surprising that wasn't covered considering how universal it is
Culture is a complex thing, so is health. The intersection of them I wouldn't trust in the hands of laymen or self-proclaimed experts.
It's not readily apparent to those of us asking for proof...
It's fine to ask, just don't be an asshole when a person doesn't have it; look it up yourself.
I was objecting to the use of the word 'apparently' as it is, in fact, not apparent to many people.
I love squatting. I have ever since I was a child, and people have often commented on my tendency to squat when others would stand or sit. I also use a standing desk. Nonetheless, there's just no way whatsoever that squatting while using a computer seems like a good idea.
However, I suspect it may possible to design a new input device (or mechanism) that's optimized for use while squatting. It might take time to learn, but then so does a keyboard.
I think adding squatting to my set of postures should just be a matter of getting a rigid chair and squatting on that.
Finally, if you do sit, I recommend getting a seat pad designed for wheelchairs. People who can't walk must do a LOT of sitting, so wheelchair seats must be comfortable.
Nor do I have any references. Apologies.
I will note that in 15 years in the industry, I've not had any major ergonomic issues (some of that I attribute to rock climbing), so I'm certainly not suggesting this particular setup for everyone.
I think you should stress that latter part more actually. Being healthy isn't just what a person can do in one area but in all areas.
That's not racism, it's a valid observation.
starting with 10 minute squat test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XwKnk16Zbs
You're welcome :) Life changing.
It is a shame that much of Asia is losing the squat toilet over time. I've found it to be very helpful on occasion. It dramatically reduces apparent constipation.
Unless a deep squat = squatting restfully. Which is hard to argue that it's not due to lack of flexibility.
Now as a 40-something adult who performs squats for exercise (both weighted and non) and has to fight with mobility/flexibility issues when performing this exercise, I do envy (and am somewhat awed by) the "tiny humans" in this regard.
Keep your eyes open for my kickstarter yoga desk.
with such extreme proportions it's not possible to do it comfortably since I need to squat inside my knees
so I need to turn the knees outside to squat between them
this is probably not very healthy
In powerlifting, when performing a barbell squat, you are supposed to spread your knees apart and squat down in between your legs. This is proper technique and reduces the stress on the knee joint, transferring the load to the glutes and hamstrings.
I don't see why it would be unhealthy for you to do it without weight on your back.
I really don't think there's any bone preventing you from squatting to depth. I believe it's almost always an issue of the condition of your muscular and connective tissue.
Plus I feel like sitting like that would fill the office with farts and stuff.
I don't care what kind of dubious health claims have to be made. Get it done!