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How Well Do You Rise From Sitting on the Floor?
Date:12/13/2012

o shows that maintaining high levels of body flexibility, muscle strength, power-to-body weight ratio and coordination are not only good for performing daily activities but have a favorable influence on life expectancy," Araujo said.

The test is safe, takes less than two minutes and does not require any special equipment, which makes it ideal for primary-care physicians who want a quick way to assess patients' musculoskeletal fitness, Araujo said.

Although the study found an association between ability to rise from the floor and death risk, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

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The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers a guide to physical activity.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention, news release, Dec. 13, 2012


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