Middle-aged and elderly people who needed to use both hands and knees to get up and down were almost seven times more likely to die within six years, compared to those who could spring up and down without support, Brazilian researchers reported this year in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
Doctors have long used the chair test -- where a person stands up from a sitting position -- to determine leg strength and lower body fitness of seniors. But getting on and off the floor ( the new test in the video below) is more difficult and can be used with a younger group.
While the most important factor controlling the ease of getting down and then up is the ratio of muscle power to body weight, there are “other very relevant issues including body flexibility, balance, and motor coordination,” said Claudio Gil Soares de Araújo, a professor at Gama Filho University in Rio de Janeiro who worked on the study.
Ultimately this test gives a quick window into a patient’s ability to function from day to day.
Not to worry! In the video below Pete Egoscue, founder of the Egoscue Method, gives a tutorial helping you to relearn to how get on and of the floor easily and simply without using your hands and not hurting yourself.
For more help and personal assistance with eliminating pain, increasing mobility, and improving your posture? Contact Ashley (Posture Specialist using The Egoscue Method) by email or phone (970)-388-6782 to schedule your appointment.