How many times can you get up and down out of a chair?
I have asked this many times at work over the years and again this week when testing patients for the osteoarthritis group, GLA:D. It is a supervised exercise and education class to help reduce pain and improve quality of life in people with hip and/or knee osteoarthritis.
This week I have also been put to the task to share my knowledge and expertise on specific measurements of physical fitness. This consultation role is for a local non-profit science organization. I can't tell you what it is yet but it is slated to launch this June if COVID19 allows. Stay tuned!
All this work on assessment got me to thinking specifically about the value and ease of testing the 30 second sit to stand test at home. Although designed for older adults, I see more and more younger people who benefit from using this tool to assess their leg strength.
The normative (comparison) tables typically show males and females starting at age 60 but as this standardize test becomes more prevalent, values for younger populations will soon to follow.
So I task you this week to take an objective view of your leg strength and test yourself doing the sit to stand test.
What do your results tell you? The sit to stand test is a measurement of leg strength. Do you need to work more on your leg strength?
Reply to this email and let me know how you do! I'm here to support you in your physical activity journey!
Stay well and happy moving,