It’s the easiest way yet to get a head start against everything you fear most. This simple test serves as an early warning system that can put you ahead of the curve when it comes to the devastating diseases of aging.
It can give you a leg up against chronic disease and even death itself… literally. Because the latest research identifies a simple standing test, you can do at home yourself.
It requires practically zero effort. And literally just 10 seconds of your time.
Today I’m going to share exactly how to do it
The 10-second test to check your risk
Incredibly, new research finds simply standing on one leg for 10 seconds can help predict your future health risks.
That’s it. That’s the whole test. Although there are some specifics that I’ll explain in a moment. But first, let’s go over why we should ALL care about this discovery.
Flunking this test isn’t just a red flag for poor balance. It could be a warning sign of serious health risks. And that includes the biggest risk of all. It turns out folks who fail the test are 84 percent more likely to die of any cause over the next decade.
Age has something to do with it, of course. Past 60, balance can be a challenge for anyone. As a result, the study finds – as expected – that the older you are, the more likely you’ll flunk the test.
But even after they adjusted for all other factors, the researchers still found that people who can’t stand on one leg for 10 seconds are much more likely to die.
And that could signify something else going on under the hood. And that something beyond age, and even balance, that may require some attention.
How to take the test at home
Ideally, you take most medical tests under the supervision of a doctor. And that’s especially true if you’re looking for a professional opinion. But this one is so easy you can certainly test yourself at home.
Now, you may be picturing a “stork” move where you raise one leg and see how long you can stand on the other. But this test is a bit different,
- First, make sure you’re within reach of a solid surface to hold onto, such as a handrail, a post, or a piece of furniture that won’t move if you do. You don’t want to risk falling during the test. So to be on the safe side, consider having a friend with you to help keep you safe if you feel off balance.
- Second, stand up straight with both feet planted firmly on the ground and your arms at your side.
- And third, take one leg, raise it gently and place the front of the foot against the back of the other leg, almost like a yoga pose. Keep your arms at your side and look straight ahead during the entire test, counting to 10 while you do it.
Don’t worry if you fumble the test on the first go. In the new study, volunteers were allowed three attempts on either foot, so you can take some time to find your own comfort zone.
Still, having trouble? Don’t stress too much. Remember, this test measures just ONE factor. What it finds is not a fate set in stone. And besides, there are two steps you can take to help protect yourself.
STEP ONE: Talk to your doctor to see if he wants to check for any undiagnosed conditions and disorders, especially any neurological or muscle-related issues that could explain the poor balance.
STEP TWO: Since much of this risk may be tied to frailty or falling, get to work on balance exercises, walking, or even a little physical therapy, if needed. All can help restore balance and mobility and help reverse the risks uncovered in the new study.
I’ve got some tips on how to get started right here.
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