Sitting test – determine your longevity!

Good morning everyone πŸ™‚ This morning I would like to touch on balance and agility. What do these two things have to do with your future?- EVERYTHING.
Recently, my mom, an avid “worker-outter” told me about the “sitting test” to determine ones lifespan. Being the “wellness freak” that I am needed to know more…

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My Mom & Dad – keeping active!

Who came up with the sitting test?

Thanks to Brazilian physician Claudio Gil Araujo there is a simple sitting test one can do to determine how many years you will live! Whoo- kinda scary πŸ˜‰
Dr. Araujo came up with the sitting test after noticing how many of his older patients began experiencing difficulties with their balance and strength. I say older vs elderly because I feel we can all remain strong in the body and mind for most of our lives (if we want, the choice is ours!). Just look at Elaine LaLanne for example – still cracking out push-ups at the age of 88 years old. She is my hero and I bet she could pass the sitting test with flying colors! Elaine is a phenomenal example of someone who has aged gracefully by remaining strong and youthful…

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Elaine LaLanne – 88 years old. Check out those guns!!!

Why is the sitting test important?

We all know that as people age and neglect weight training they tend to have more slips and falls. Not only is this damaging to ones cardiovascular health but it also affects movement, mood, etc. This is when Dr. Araujo wondered if a patient’s flexibility, balance and strength could be used as a measure of life expectancy. The idea of the sitting test is to raise awareness- if you tell an individual they need to get in shape, they might completely disregard this. However, if you let them know a certain way of life might lead to an early demise- you bet your bottom dollar they will hop on that treadmill and get pumping!

Sitting Test:

Grab a friend, a parent or do this on your own! Stand upright on a flat surface and without using your hands or arms, cross your legs and slowly squat down onto the floor. Once you are down on the floor slowly rise again (with legs still crossed) without using your arms to assist you. The sitting test is scored on a point scale of 1-10 (5 points for sitting, 5 more points for standing up). If you use an arm or knee to assist in balancing, you subtract one point from 10 over-all points. Also, half a point is deducted every time you lose balance!

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A healthy young person should be able to sit and stand repeatedly, without the use of hands.

Araujo discovered that people who scored below 8 points on the sitting test were twice as likely to have their longevity cut short…

Read more results on the sitting test here: The sitting test

In addition, the sitting test was only ever tested and documented on individuals over the age of 50. That being said, results for the younger generation might not determine the same data but it sure gives us an “eye-opener” on gaging our flexibility and balance. In my opinion, we should all be able to do the sitting test- no excuses! As I always say, it is never too late to change your mindset or your life #QueenofGreen!

Besides the sitting test, what are some other things you can do to stay looking and feeling young? JUICE & blend. Check out the Omega juicer- this thing ROCKS and I have had it for years. This juicer is the best investment I have ever made. As for a good blender, I use a “cheapy” and it works just as great! The Black and Decker 12 speed blender is only $23.00 and makes yummy super-smoothies πŸ™‚