TEST YOUR­SELF

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Anti-ageing Special -

Gauge your body’s true age with these sim­ple ex­pert-ap­proved tests TEST YOUR LOWER BODY STRENGTH Mea­sure leg strength and bal­ance by getting up un­aided from a chair then sit­ting down again as many times as you can in 30 sec­onds. “A fit 40-some­thing should be able to do this 17 times,” says phys­io­ther­a­pist Sammy Margo. TEST YOUR HEART HEALTH Try to run or fast walk a mile (1.6km) in nine min­utes. If you strug­gle to go the dis­tance in un­der 12 min­utes, re­search sug­gests that your risk of heart dis­ease is 30 per cent higher. Don’t de­spair – just keep at it at least once a week un­til your time im­proves. TEST YOUR BAL­ANCE AND MO­BIL­ITY Be­ing care­ful not to hurt your­self, lower your­self from stand­ing to sit­ting cross­legged on the floor. Then get back up. If you start with 10 points (five for sit­ting and five for stand­ing back up), take away a point ev­ery time you use a hand or knee for sup­port and ½ a point ev­ery time you wob­ble. This com­mon test is of­ten used by doc­tors to check mo­bil­ity and fit­ness in older peo­ple.

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