A simple test that looks at how easy or difficult it is for you to sit down on the floor and then get back up may help you predict how long you'll live, a new study shows.
According to the study, middle aged and elderly people who need 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. Though, doctors have long used the chair test, where a person stands up form sitting position- to decide leg strength and lower body fitness of seniors. But the new test is more difficult and can be used with younger group, said a cardiologist DR. Kathryn Berlacher, assistant professor at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center.
Dr. Berlacher also noted that the test may be most valuable as a tool for primary care physicians to show patients they need to work on their health. "These days most don't exercise and if you ask them whether they walk up stairs they'll tell you about knee and ankle pain. So it is hard to truly access them". Try it:
1. Stand in comfortable clothes in your bare feet, with clear space around you.
2. Without leaning on anything, lower yourself to a sitting position on the floor.
3. Now stand back up, trying not to use your hands, knees, forearms or side of your legs.