How to fondle a corgi

An expert in efficient energy use shows how it’s done

An expert in efficient energy use shows how it’s done


I have to admit, I was messing about on Facebook when I came across this great photo of The Queen in action!

We humans are often strangely reluctant to use our leg joints, preferring instead to bend at the ‘waist’. This is inefficient and can lead to back pain, especially if you pick up weights in this way. The waist is really nothing more than a fashion construct and if we need to bring our torso forward, we should bend at the hip joint.

(In case you don’t know where it is, the hip joint is where the top of your leg meets the torso, i.e. in the crease of your jeans.)

The best way of lowering yourself in height is to flex at the hips, knees, and ankles with as little effort as possible. You can change the angles at the various joints to achieve what you want to do. If you have strong thighs and supple calf muscles you can go down into a squat. However, you may not want or be able to do this, for example, if you have knee trouble or are wearing restrictive clothing. In this case, it is easier to bend a little less at the knee and more at the hip.

In the photo you will see the Queen demonstrating how to fondle a corgi by flexing all three major leg joints. She is also wearing a hat and carrying a handbag. Follow the example of a tough 92-year-old and use your legs!