The ability to deep squat carries over to most other sports and everyday life. When we can’t squat it tells us that there is some form of restriction and/or pain, and because of this is quite a useful way to assess our clients, ourselves etc.
Because of the footwear we insist on wearing such as the ultra cushioned foot coffins with a narrow width that squishes (technical term) our 33 joints together and the raised heel which constantly puts us in a plantar flexed ankle position (on your toes) this can normally result in a lack of ability to squat, an anterior position of your hips (rotate further forward than they should) and low back pain!
All joints borrow movement like a dodgy pyramid scheme. The ankle asks the knee for more movement, the knee starts doing too much work so it off-loads and asks the hip for more movement which then asks the lower back for excessive movement which is normally a flexed position…Ouch!
We need at least 20 degrees of dorsiflexion at the ankle (when the top of your foot gets closer to the shin), if we do not get this then we will be unsuccessful in squatting, running and walking.
when I say unsuccessful I mean there will be pain at some point.
Your goal should you want to take it is to mobilise your foot and ankle daily. You have 33 joints in your foot that need to move independently and also as a team for your foot to function. When in the foot coffins (conventional trainers and shoes) those 33 joints become 1 maybe 2 joints and stick together.
Mobilise your feet and then your ankles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFANyXMgb3o here is a video I made for our youtube channel a couple of years ago which shows you how.
Stay tuned to that channel (subscribe) and I’ll show you how to mobilise your feet…coming soon.
Also try this quick sun salutation for a bit of back and hip mobility https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vzr5Iz7so2M&t=20s
Hope this helps with your squatting and running needs.
We teach this plus more on our Diploma in Personal Training which takes place in Milton Keynes and coming soon to Bristol, Brighton and Birmingham and any other town beginning with B 🙂