Could living more on the floor help you live longer? Are you spending too much time sitting in a chair, on a couch, or in your car? Do you find you have a lack of energy, with body aches and pains, difficult time sleeping, and numerous ailments that you know deep down inside shouldn't be happening? Maybe it’s time to rethink how you are moving throughout your day and get back to your primal side, the way we were designed to live. A few years ago, Brazilian researchers revealed a simple at home test of flexibility, balance, and muscle strength you can try that may help to predict your longevity over the next five or six years. The test is called the Longevity Test, or the Sitting-Rising Test (SRT). This test basically involves going from a standing position down to sitting and then standing back up again, all without any assistance from your hands, knees, or other body parts, if possible. For each body part that is used for assistance, one point is subtracted from the top score of 10.
Start with a total of 10 points.
Subtract 1 point each time you use: Hand
Side of Leg
Hand on Knee
Hand on Thigh
Subtract .5 for: Losing Balance
* Be sure to consult your physician if you have any medical conditions that may cause injury prior to attempting any physical activity, including this SRT.
Take the Longevity Challenge:
Stand in comfortable clothes in your bare feet.
Clear area of any objects that could interfere with test results
Without leaning on anything, lower yourself to a sitting position on the floor.
Now stand back up, trying NOT to use your hands, knees, forearms, or sides of your legs.
* If you can't get up your score would be a zero. Roen Kelly/Discover
The SRT test is used by medical professionals as a screening tool for middle-aged and the elderly to determine the over-all health of patients. It’s important to remember that this test is only a quick assessment you can do at home and to use the outcome as a guide and motivational tool for you to realize the significance of moving your body often throughout each day. So if you are 25 years old and score a two or three, this may encourage you to take charge of your health destiny by exercising, eating healthy, and most importantly, sitting less, interacting with your environment more, and sitting more on the floor! Even people who are in wonderful physical condition may find this test to be a challenge. It is possible to train your body to have more muscular strength, flexibility, balance, and motor coordination. These are all vital components necessary to live a long, healthy, independent life as we age.
In 2012, Dr. Claudio Gil Araujo and his colleagues published the results of a 14 year long study involving 2002 patients aged 51 to 80.
Those who scored 0-3 were 6.5 times more likely to die during the study than those who scored 8-10
Those who scored 3.5 to 5.5 were 3.8 times more likely to die
Those who scored 6 to 7.5 were 1.8 times more likely to die
When patients realized the need to improve their score and live a more active healthy lifestyle, the long-term results were extraordinary! Every additional point a patient was able to add to their SRT meant a 21 percent INCREASE in survival. AMAZING! Imagine adding two or three points to your score...Like one of my favorite classic movies, "It's a Wonderful Life", we are able to alter our future by making important changes in our lives with the information one gains by taking this simple longevity evaluation at home.
The most essential message to take away from this study is the significance of exercising, moving naturally, and implementing healthy lifestyle choices each day: build muscle, maintain balance, flexibility, eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, reduce stress, surround yourself with loved ones and a faith-based community, and incorporate natural movement throughout each day – walk often, sit less! When you do sit, best to sit on the floor. If your score is low, that’s your signal that it’s time to start living a healthy lifestyle. If it’s high, congratulations, keep up the good work! Let’s stop being a sitting society, and become one that lives more on the floor and interact with our environment as God designed our bodies to do! Can living more on the floor help you live longer? The answer is a resounding yes! The muscle, flexibility, and balance needed to sit and stand from the floor throughout our day engages all of the core components needed to maintain a healthy body for decades to come! When we look at how other cultures live and notice the amazing health and longevity that they have compared to the American way of living, perhaps we need to be more willing to examine these beautiful cultures and implement these beneficial customs into our lives. As I always say; we are all a work in progress and learn from each other. Rox and I find that our lives are truly more enjoyable; a richer experience because we incorporate so many different customs each day. Let us know your thoughts on this. Share your wisdom with us! We'd love to hear from you! Remember, take charge of your health destiny! You can do it!!
Peace and Grace, 💖
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