Are you aging well? Try these four simple tests and find out!
Do you think you are in good shape for your age? Are you worried that maybe you aren’t? Passing these 4 simple tests could add years to your life, and life to your years!
How to See if you’re Aging Well:
How well you can maintain your balance is a good indicator not only of how well you are aging, but if you are at risk of a fall as you get older. Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans over 65 takes a spill every year, some of which result in serious injury?
To do this test:
Stand up straight with your arms crossed. Lift up either leg, starting a timer as you do so, and hold that leg up with your knee bent for as long as you can without touching the other leg or uncrossing your arms. Don’t use a support.
Stop the timer when the raised leg touches the floor or the other leg, or if you uncross your arms or move your arms out of position.
According to the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, this is how long you should be able to hold the pose for:
- 60’s: 27 seconds
- 70’s: 17.2 seconds
- 80’s: 8.5 seconds
2. Standing from the Floor
To do this test:
- Sit on the floor and try to get up without using your hands or any nearby objects as a crutch. If you can, you have good lower body strength. Those who could do this without a problem, live an average of 50% longer than those who cannot.
3. Timed Get up and Go
This test literally tests your “get up and go.” Actually, it tests your mobility and risk of falls.
To do this test:
- Start this test seated in a chair. As soon as you stand up, start the timer! Once you’re on your feet, walk 10 feet forward, turn around and return to your seat, stopping the timer as soon as you are seated.
A healthy adult without any mobility issues should be able to do this in under 10 seconds.
What Can I do to Age Well?
So what should I do if I scored poorly on these tests, get out my bucket list? Hardly, but it is time to take action to improve your overall health, which in turn should add years to your life. Did you know the single, most effective scientifically proven way to improve lifespan is caloric reduction? Yes, simply reducing the amount of food you eat every day, can add years to your life.
Beyond that you can begin an overall age-optimization lifestyle which would include regular exercise, of course, and in addition, things such as:
- Eating well by avoiding processed, artificial, and chemical filled foods
- Stress Management
- Hormone Optimization
- Sexual Wellness Treatments
- Natural and herbal Supplementation as appropriate to make up for what you are missing in your diet
- Working with age-management professionals to develop a comprehensive, integrated health and wellness program, customized to your individual needs
- Recognizing the value of the Mind-Body connection
Anti-Aging in 2016
We really are at the cutting edge of some remarkable anti-aging discoveries. It has been said that the first human being to live to the age of 1000, is already alive today!
I do not know if that is true, but I do know this – we will see dramatic increases in human lifespan in our lifetime. That is all the more reason why I encourage all of you to take advantage of the kinds of age-optimization techniques we have available right now. This way you can truly look, feel, and be your best when something new comes along.
That means make lifestyle changes such caloric reduction and exercise, and consider the programs we have available to us right now to help you age well, such as hormone therapies and Platelet Rich Plasma, and other wellness treatments.