People were given a score out of 10 (five points for sitting and five for standing) with a point subtracted every time they used a hand, knee or other body part for support.
Scores were then rated from 0 to 5, with 1 point being subtracted from 5 for each support used like the hand or knee. The final scores were then rated in 4 categories with the higher the end scores the better the overall result and longest predictor for longevity. (Cat 1) 0–3; (cat 2) 3.5–5( cat 3) .5, 6–7.5, and (Best cat) 8–10.
Dr Araújo said: ‘Our study also shows that maintaining high levels of body flexibility, muscle strength, power-to-body weight ratio and co-ordination are not only good for performing daily activities but have a favorable influence on life expectancy.’
He said: ‘If a middle-aged or older man or woman can sit and rise from the floor using just one hand – or even better without the help of a hand – they are not only in the higher quartile of muscular-skeletal fitness but their survival prognosis is probably better than that of those unable to do so.’
Those who struggle – do not despair help is at hand:
- Get moving- walk around as much as possible walking is a fundamental human movement
- When seated sit on the floor cross legged, one leg under you, or various sitting positions that allow you to keep your back straight and core engaged. Stand frequently.
- If you are doing computer work then sit on the floor and have your computer on a table at eye level (mmn not sure how this would work in the office scenario but could be an innovative idea for anyone in business who wants to show considerate corporate practice!)
- Take frequent breaks
- When watching movies or television lie front down on the floor and change position frequently.
- Perform regular squats and improve your range of motion.
- Reduce alcohol consumption and other sources of inflammation (stress from worry, work, pollution, bad diet, drugs – medication or otherwise)
- Increase levels of happiness, periods of R+R and over all well being.
Take away point: practice this exercise: Get onto the floor and get up again. Can you do it? This is an exercise in itself.