The reason why I care so much about symmetry of motion in strength in ALL joints is not only because you feel better, but studies show you actually live longer.
The ability to sit to stand in a cross legged position from the floor - without using your hands (or other support) - is important for your overall well being. Especially as we age, because the chances of falls increase drastically. In fact, according to the CDC, 1 out of 4 older people (65 and up) fall each year. Out of those that fall 1 out of 5 falls cause a serious injury (broken bone or head injury).
The more independent we are with are movements, the longer we live without serious health conditions. I think it’s safe to say that most of us want to live long, as long as that means we don’t have to be dependent on someone else. The more autonomous we can be, the happier, healthier, and longer we will live!
The research (2012) (key points)
What you can do now?
If you are unable to perform this sit to rise test without using any support, I created a beginners movement program that addresses this. In the Pain Free Movement Series that launches this wednesday, we assess every major joint in the body for symmetry of range of motion and strength. Upon assessing each joint, we will discover the discrepancies in those areas and work to improve them with simple functional movements that incorporate strength, flexibility, and even some self massage techniques.
This has been my career long project. After working with patients for over 10 years, I have always wanted to have this program for my patients. In fact, many of you have been hearing me talk about this for many years.
What Does the Program Entail?
The program is 8 weeks long and includes addresses 1 -2 body parts each week. Every day you will go through 5-10minutes of simple body movements. At the end of the program you will have better posture, movement, strength, flexibility, and LESS PAIN. You will also have created your very own daily self care program for you to continue after the program is done.
If you are interested, get on our email list and we will notify you when the program launches.