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Old 01-05-2016, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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I think being overweight would hinder this also, as it takes a lot more strength to lift the additional weight, and excess upper body weight can hinder balance.

edited to add: OK, I just tried it and give myself an 8 for one hand touch and one ugly wobble. It wasn't pretty.
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Old 01-05-2016, 03:22 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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Why is this in the retirement forum?
None of those people looked retired to me. I want to see some retired people doing that.
My thought too. How do these "youngsters" think they can come up with things for us oldsters? I wouldn't even try; it would hurt too much.
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Old 01-05-2016, 03:28 PM
 
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my wife is 65 and can just do this with ease .

i am still trying and every time i squat i get like an inch from sitting and i fall back wards .
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Old 01-05-2016, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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For those who could not do this sit-rise-test or score poorly, you will feel much better in reading this article ;-)

https://skeptoid.com/blog/2015/07/08...g-rising-test/

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On the surface it seems pretty convincing as a scientific evaluation. The research numbers do show a firm correlation between lower scores and short-term mortality. Does this mean that everyone with a higher score is safe and everyone with a lower score is staring death in the face?

The short answer is no: it is not a test everyone should undergo, and it probably says little about your mortality and more about your strength. It has several structural flaws that limit generalization and, as we all know, correlation is not causation.

First, it needed better blinding. The scores done by researchers were extremely subjective
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The study also had a small sample size with too many confounding variables.
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Finally, and more suspiciously, it has not been reproduced.
I don't have access to the details of the study but have to question how the researcher 'grouped' the subjects and took into accounts variables like age, sex, weight, height, any physical limitation and/or underlying health issue.

Bottom line is that I don't think that we should take this SRT seriously!
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Old 01-05-2016, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Yavapai County
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Ok, so I tried it and...Not. Even. Close. I managed the sit part until about 4" off the floor, then "plop" ow! The getting up part? Forget about it! (I am only in my mid 50's). It seems like leg strength and your size would have a lot to do with this.

I still think it is useful to think about this though. I do notice that it is harder than it used to be for me to get up and down from the floor even using my hands! I also notice the more often I do it, the easier it gets. My biggest takeaway is that maintaining flexibility is important for all ages. It's certainly something I need to work on and it is always helpful to have a reminder of that!
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Old 01-05-2016, 04:00 PM
 
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it isn't leg strength . i leg press hundreds of pounds , and do weighted squats all the time . been a gym rat for 15 years now . . i just seem to lack the leverage to get up for some reason . it is like i have no momentum to even move .

on the other hand my wife just plops down and gets up like it's nothing . i would guess and say it is more flexibility . years and years of weight lifting has reduced my flexibility , no question .
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Old 01-05-2016, 04:11 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Why is this in the retirement forum?
None of those people looked retired to me. I want to see some retired people doing that.
Maybe it should have specified an age. At age 30-50 I could stand on my head in yoga class. I wouldn't even THINK about trying it today. Now, at age 71, I haven't gotten around to trying this latest stunt--I know I would have to use my hands to get up, at the very least.

And maybe the people who can do it need to specify their ages.
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Old 01-05-2016, 04:12 PM
 
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marilyn is 65
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Old 01-05-2016, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I can rise from the cross legged position with relative ease because I have been exercising consistently for around forty years now. That's the ticket. Moderation and continuity. Lunges, stretching, sit-ups are all you need. Aerobics! I'm too lazy. I'm not even sure why I do these exercises. Maybe it's so I can rise easily from a sitting position? Climb a tree real fast to escape a bear or dog? Well, there you have it. I'm 63 years old.

Have to admit that I wasn't sure I could do it at first. Was a little shaky. May have ruptured my appendix in the process.
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Old 01-05-2016, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Yavapai County
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it is like i have no momentum to even move .
That is exactly how I felt! My legs are fairly strong still, so I was kind of surprised. I am tall though and I probably weigh more than I should... But if you can bench press that much, I guess it isn't leg strength. I'm actually glad to hear that!
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