They can touch their toes eas­ily.

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And they can sit cross­legged on the floor from a stand­ing po­si­tion, and stand back up again with­out hav­ing to place a hand or knee on the floor more than once.

How eas­ily you can touch your toes is an ac­cu­rate re­flec­tion of how healthy your ar­ter­ies are, while the stand-sit-stand test is a re­li­able mea­sure of your mus­cu­loskele­tal fit­ness, which is a good pre­dic­tor of mor­tal­ity. If you have to use your knee or hand for sup­port more than twice dur­ing the whole sit-stand move­ment, your risk of dy­ing in the next hand­ful of years more than dou­bles.

STEAL IT: Take up yoga. Not only do the same stretch­ing ex­er­cises that make you flex­i­ble help to slow age-re­lated stiff­en­ing of the ar­ter­ies, main­tain­ing flex­i­bil­ity, mus­cle strength and co­or­di­na­tion has a pos­i­tive im­pact on your life ex­pectancy, too – and yoga does all three. #

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