Let’s Get Physical: How Long Will You Live?

Most people have a desire to live life to the fullest with a combination of quantity and quality. There are many parameters that may determine how long you live, however, this short article presents the findings of five researchers who identified three simple tests you can do at home to measure your ability to increase years to your life. The medical paper published in the British Medical Journal in 2014 revealed a 13 year study where they took 1,355 men and 1,411 women in 1999 when they were 53 years old and then checked to see who was alive and well 13 year later in 2012.

The following are the three tests that were evaluated:

Standing on one leg with your eyes closed for 10 seconds or longer, having a strong grip, and being able to stand up and sit back down in a chair many times in a minute.

According to the researchers of this paper, these tests clearly represented tell-tale signs of longevity. Performed well in all three tests at age 53 or so and you should be healthy and vibrant 13 years later, when you are 66. Researcher from University College London estimate that a 53 year old who can complete these tests successfully is up to 5 times more likely to be alive and well at 66 than someone who couldn’t complete the tests or who did them poorly. There were far higher death rates among those who failed to complete the tasks.

Officially the tests are called the Chair Test (Standing up and sitting down in a chair 39 times in a minute for a man, and 36 times for a woman), the balance test (standing on one leg for 10 seconds or longer with eyes closed), and the grip test (ability to apply a pressure of up to 54.5 kg).

Want something a little more in depth? Click here to take an online questionnaire.

Don’t like your numbers? Good news! There are several ways to increase your longevity. Eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep and regular exercise are paramount to living a longer and better life. In addition to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, preventing and/or maintaining chronic disease is an important factor in the quantity and quantity of the years you have left. Have a poorly maintained chronic disease? Dr Chambers can help you! Please call (304) 263-4927 today to schedule a consultation and begin a functional medicine treatment plan.

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