To predict your longevity, perform these 6 exercises at home (super simple)

Forget the daily weighing: according to American researchers, other indicators would be much more effective in determining your good health. String test, grab your hands behind your back… Here are 6 exercises that say a lot about your life expectancy.

And if it was possible to see the state of his health thanks to very simple techniques, doable at home? This is what a study by the Mayo Clinic in the United States seems to suggest. And according to the researchers, the body weight should be left out. Other indicators would be more reliable and more effective in guaranteeing the good health of a patient:

  • Aerobic fitness;
  • Muscular strength and endurance;
  • Flexibility ;
  • Body composition.

Various exercises such as running or specific stretching can be used to assess each of these indicators. And by working on your results, you can significantly improve your health and resistance to disease as you age.

The aerobic fitness measures the ability to absorb and use oxygen. “The process of taking in oxygen and using it to produce energy for your muscle cells incorporates many of the body’s most important systems, including the muscles, heart, lungs, and blood vessels, and as such, it is a good indicator of a wide range of your bodily functions”says Dr. Stuart Gray at MailOnline.

Keep fat levels relatively low

The muscular strength and endurance are essential in particular to prevent falls than older people. With increased activity, blood vessels become more flexible and blood pressure can often drop and the heart then finds it easier to pump blood around the body, improving the ability to deliver oxygen to the tissuescontinues the doctor.

The flexibility can be a good indicator, especially to check the health of joints, muscles and tissues. A good range of motion ensures, among other things, the blood supply to the joints and prevents the shortening or lengthening of inactive muscles.

Finally, the body composition indicates the percentage of fat, bone, and water in your body. The key is to keep the level of fat relatively low: indeed, an excess can lead to many pathologies, including type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease. To measure it, the most used tool is the body mass index (BMI), even if it does not make the difference between fat and muscle.

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  • Can you link hands in an over-the-shoulder back scratch? How fast can you get in and out of a chair? The simple at-home tests to reveal the future of your health, MailOnlineMay 10, 2022

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2/6 – Do the string test
According to several studies, the waist circumference should be maintained at 50% of your height. To do the test, cut a piece of string the length of your waist, fold it in half, and wrap it around your waist. Ideally, the two ends of the string should meet.

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3/6 – Do 30 seconds of sitting/standing on a chair
This exercise measures the number of times you can stand up and sit in a chair for 30 seconds using your leg strength and endurance. “It’s a great indicator of muscle strength and endurance because it incorporates coordination, power and balance.” At 50, a woman should be able to do 12 to 20 in 30 seconds. At 70, between 10 and 15.

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4/6 – Catch your hands behind your back
Place one hand behind your head and lower it to the middle of your back, palm against your body. Place the other arm behind your body, palm facing out, and try to overlap the middle fingers of both hands. Ask someone to measure the gap between your two hands: at 50, it should be 5 to 7 cm, against 2 to 12 cm at 70.

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5/6 – Measure the relationship between your height and your pelvis circumference
First, measure your waistline, at the thinnest part of the bust. Abdominal fat mass is dangerous for health and expresses the risk of developing diseases. Waist circumference is complementary to BMI. To get the ratio between height and waist circumference, divide your waist circumference in cm by your height in cm as well. A calculation even more precise than the only measurement of the abdominal circumference.

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6/6 – Take the race test
Run 1,609 meters – or four laps of the indoor track of a running track – as fast as you can and see how long it takes you. ‘By exercising regularly and repeating this test every couple of months, you should see your time improving, or at least leveling off rather than falling naturally with age,’ Dr Gray confirms to the MailOnline.

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