A study published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention has discovered a correlation between one's ability to sit and rise unaided from the floor with mortality risk. The study's participants were instructed to sit and rise from the floor using minimal support. The study's results were based on a scale from one to five relative to the amount of support (i.e., hands, knees, shins, etc.) needed to rise from the floor. The lower the score the less amount of support needed to rise. Age, gender and body mass index were controlled.
The study concluded that a higher degree of flexibility, muscle strength and coordination are not only beneficial in terms of daily activities but also may favor a higher life expectancy.
BOTTOM LINE: Being able to sit and rise from the floor without using your hands for support may predict a longer life span compared to someone who needs to use one or both hands to rise up.
Brian Danley, CFT
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