Healthspan, Not Just Lifespan
What if you were able to not just increase your lifespan, but your health span? Oh, and stick around because I have another challenge I’m issuing this week and this one, could help you live a longer, less painful, more active life!
I don’t think there’s a woman within the sound of my voice that wants to live a long life while in pain with limited mobility and a complete dependence on others to take care of you, and a loss of dignity…we long for health throughout our entire lives.
What we crave is a life lived long enough to see our grandkids born, grow up, and to be able to engage in play with them.
That is my passion here, to help you live, not just a longer life, but one of independence so you can continue to serve others in a greater capacity, while enjoying every breath and step God has gifted you until He calls you home.
That’s what I want for you, for me, for my loved ones.
A Mobility Test That Predicts Longevity
There’s a movement that has a direct link with your longevity. There was a study by a group of American and Brazilian researchers conducted from 2014-2022. A group of 2,002 men and women ages 51-80 were tested on their ability to get up and down off of the floor in 2014, then checked back in for retesting in 2022.
What they found was that nearly 8% of that group had died and it was those who had an inability to get up and down without assistance that had the greatest incidence of death.
On the other hand, those who had scored the highest on their test had a higher likelihood of survival.
This one simple test is not just a good sign of your longevity, but also a good sign of your mobility and a decrease in your likelihood of falling, which can absolutely happen at any age.
How to Perform the Sit and Rise Test
So let’s talk about how to do the Sit and Rise test.
Stand up and cross one foot over the other, sit straight down criss-cross applesauce without holding on to anything. Now stand back up with arms in front for balance.
You may find you need to hold on to something to get up, or get on your hands and knees and then get up, or put one or both hands on the floor. The point is to just get up. If you’re able to, even assisted, this is a good start.
Even if you lose your balance. Even though it’s really hard. It’s your starting place and you’re the only one you’re competing against.
The ultimate goal is to be able to do this unassisted, which shows that you possess a certain level of strength, balance, and coordination and hip mobility.
Simply by practicing this movement every day, you’ll gain massive skills in each of these areas! You can go to my Instagram page here and see a reel I did showing this if you’re visual like I am.
Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It
So here’s the challenge. Do this daily until you master it unassisted, then continue to do it several times a week so you don’t lose it.
I’m able to perform this, but am personally challenging myself to do it 10 times in a row every night while watching tv with my husband.
So how about you? Are you going to take the challenge?
Last week I issued a challenge to go 7 days with 5 grams or fewer of total sugars at each meal and I had lots of you dm me on Instagram telling me you were taking the challenge. If you did, let me know how it went!
So now, I want to hear from you if you’re going to do the sit and rise challenge. Daily. Until you’ve mastered it unassisted, hands free, to be able to build the more mobile, resilient, and active body we all desire!