A science team tested more than 2,000 men and women in Brazil for flexibility and power to weight. The spry guys and gals able to perform the two actions using minimum support were five to six times at lower risk of death than those who needed to use aids such as their hands and knees.
Sit cross-legged on the floor. Now rise to a standing position using nothing more than your feet and legs. If you roll to your knees first, or prop yourself with a hand or elbow you are in trouble.
Study leader Dr Claudio Arazjo adds more insight, 'If a middle-aged or older man or woman can sit and rise from the floor...without the help of a hand - they are not only in the higher quartile of musculo-skeletal fitness but their survival prognosis is probably better than that of those unable to do so.'
This is a test you should do with someone else around just in case you fall on your face or crack a knee and end up soiling yourself because no one is around to help you get up.
And if you fail don't fret. There are plenty of other reasons you are gonna die, not being able to stand up like a 20-year old at a porn premier is not a lifetime achievement remember. Or is your memory already going too?
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