Standing on one leg ability linked to longevity

The inability to stand on one leg for 10 seconds in mid- to later life is linked to a near doubling in the risk of death from any cause within the next 10 years, finds research published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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This simple and safe balance test could be included in routine health checks for older adults, say the researchers.

Unlike aerobic fitness and muscle strength and flexibility, balance tends to be reasonably well preserved until the sixth decade of life, when it starts to wane relatively rapidly, note the researchers.

Yet balance assessment isn’t routinely included in health checks of middle-aged and older men and women, possibly because there isn’t any standardized test for it, and there are few hard data linking it to clinical outcomes other than falls, they add.


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3 responses to “Standing on one leg ability linked to longevity

  1. That is very interesting. My fitness coach at Club Northwest does include a minute of single leg balance for each leg when I am using the vibration plate. It is fascinating to read your account that the sports journal had this article. One wonders if that is available online? Will try and look it up.


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