I also have read that squatting is the way to go- evolutionary speaking, human bodies have been designed to evacuate in the squatting position. When you squat down, it does something to the anatomy down there, makes it easier to go. Since in today's world it's not much of an option, some suggest putting your feet up about
6-8 inches on a footstool when going. I do this sometimes & it does seem to make it easier to go- not as much straining. sometimes I don't bother. And if I do have to go outside, I'm squatting, & it's always been pretty "easy". We just have a regular old toliet seat, no padding...i can't deal with the "whoosh" the padded seats make! Plus, if you sit down on one right after someone else has used it, it's still warm...kinda gross... I know the "regular" toilet seats retain warmtn, but the padded ones seem to retain it for a loooong time!