The hallmark of our species is walking upright on two legs- bipedalism. Getting up and down from the ground is an example of a “squat pattern”, which is the precursor to walking. When we start losing function within our bodies, it has an impact on the whole system. To see how you may be doing with your fitness, consider The Sit-Rising Test illustrated below. The research behind this test indicates that health is interdependent with functional fitness. The Sit-Rising Test was developed by Brazilian physician Claudio Gil Araujo and his colleagues of Brazil’s Gamo Filho University.
When patients optimized their functional fitness with appropriate exercise and then retested, their scores improved, as did their overall health. Every additional point increase a patient had on the Sit-Rising Test correlated with a 21 percent DECREASE in mortality from all causes.
The message Dr. Claudio Gil Araujo is trying to get across to people is the importance of getting and staying in shape. If you want to live a long and healthy life, you’ve got to build muscle, work on maintaining balance and MOVE. The Sit-Rising Test also provides valuable information on areas where you have room for improvement, such as mobility, stability, functional symmetry or total body strength.
If you would like some guidance with improving your overall body function, UpRight Movement is a Force Multiplier and has the knowledge, the tools, and the dedication to support you in Feeling, Moving, and Performing Better for Life.