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A new health test.

Postby rabble » Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:34 pm

Well, a "musculo-skeletal fitness" test that appears to be pretty on target.

"Without worrying about the speed of movement, try to sit and then to rise from the floor, using the minimum support that you believe is needed."

5 points max for how well you sit, 5 max for rising.

There's a video link in the article.

They scored 2002 middle aged people, followed them for about six years and found that the lower the score the higher the likelihood of not living out the next six years.

I tried it last night and got an eight by my reckoning. I think with some exercise I can get it to 10.
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Re: A new health test.

Postby narcoleptish » Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:55 pm

Well that was a little disconcerting. I was sure I could do the cross leg thing like the guy in the video, no problem. I went down nice and controlled. Couldn't get back up though. Scored a 9.

Jimmy's getting old.
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Re: A new health test.

Postby snoqueen » Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:23 pm

I came out the same as you did, though I used a slightly different method. Instead of the cross-legged thing I did a wide-based squat and rolled back, no problem there. I did the reverse to get up and needed one hand on the ground.

I am working with a physical therapist and rehabbing a knee injury, and when I'm through with that I might be able to do the getting up part no hands too. Still, not bad for somebody pushing 66.

Many decades of yoga and Chinese martial arts helps, I'm sure. Also, I don't weigh a lot.
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Re: A new health test.

Postby rabble » Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:43 pm

I tried again today and got an 8.5. I was a little unsteady sitting down.
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Re: A new health test.

Postby narcoleptish » Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:30 pm

My girlfriend just made scoring a 10 look so ridiculously easy, it irked me a little. I did stand up unaided once but I had shoes on that time. The bare feet on a wood floor is definitely my undoing.
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Re: A new health test.

Postby Violet_Skye » Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:37 pm

Ten, here. You all aren't old, you just need a regular yoga practice.
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Re: A new health test.

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:40 pm

8, Sitting was fine, but I lost my balance a little standing and ended up with a knee and hand down.
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Re: A new health test.

Postby Dust Mite Rodeo » Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:34 am

Buy a nice big life insurance policy, because she deserves to have a nice Benz when you're gone.
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Re: A new health test.

Postby snoqueen » Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:06 pm

I am wondering if this might not be easier for women for structural reasons, same as doing pull-ups is easier for men. If I can do it with one knee banged up, I've clearly got some advantage. I'm not much of an athlete on the whole.
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Re: A new health test.

Postby bdog » Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:15 pm

snoqueen wrote:I am wondering if this might not be easier for women for structural reasons, same as doing pull-ups is easier for men. If I can do it with one knee banged up, I've clearly got some advantage. I'm not much of an athlete on the whole.

Could be. Remember the old "All in the Family" episode with Edith and Gloria being able to lift the chair?

I also think men are more likely to ignore the "without worrying about the speed of movement" instruction.
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Re: A new health test.

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:04 pm

bdog wrote:I also think men are more likely to ignore the "without worrying about the speed of movement" instruction.


Ummm, what speed of movement instruction :P
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Re: A new health test.

Postby ouroborus4 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:29 pm

I got a 10! I'm a little confused about the 'side of the foot' point deduction though. Its not clear if I used it or not as the side of the foot is automatically touching the ground from the sitting position. While I initially push off of it, I do not consider having used it as support.
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