IF you’ve had your eyes on the health news recently you might have noticed the new study which has revealed three everyday exercises, could be a predictor of early death.
According to the study published last week, grip strength, balance and squats are key indicators of early death.
And guess what? Squatting, balance and grip strength are all things that can be developed through regular (you’ve guessed it) Pilates and exercise, especially resistance training.
The study, by the Medical Research Centre, published the results of tests performed on 5000, 53 year olds but they also said that the exercise results on younger participants could also predict a reduced life expectancy.
So what are the exercises and how can you test yourself?
TEST ONE: Balance
Stand on one leg with your eyes closed. How long can you do this for?
The study found that men and women who were able to hold the position for less than two seconds were three times more likely to die early than those who could hold it for ten seconds of more.
TEST TWO: Squats (the chair test)
Using a dining chair, sit down and stand up as many times as you can in one minute.
The study found that men who could stand up from a chair and sit down again less than 23 times in a minute were twice as likely to die in the following 13 years than those who could 37 or more.
Among women those who could stand up and sit down again less than 22 times in a minute were twice as likely to die in that time than those who could do the test 35 times or more.
TEST THREE: Grip strength
Participants gripped a special device, like a bike brake. Those who had the strongest grip had the longest life expectancy.
You can measure your own grip strength by your ability to hold on to monkey bars, hold a heavy weight or open and close a jar.
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