Can You … Balance On One Leg?
Time yourself as you stand on one leg with your eyes open. Hold this position for up to 60 seconds. If you wobble after just 20, you may be at risk for future brain problems. In a Japanese study, 30 percent of older adults who couldn’t balance for this long had microbleeds in the brain. These tiny drops of blood in the brain leaked from vessels are only detectable through MRI and are an early indication of risk for stroke or dementia. While these bleeds are a warning sign of bigger brain problems to come, they have an immediate impact on balance as well as a person’s memory and decision making.
Can You … Move From Sitting In a Chair to Standing?
And back again? Do this 10 times, and watch the clock to see how long it takes. In the original study, which was performed in the U.K., adults who were able to do 10 reps in 21 seconds or less had higher rates of overall survival than those who took longer to complete the exercise. Doing well on the test requires lower-body muscle strength and power, balance and coordination, and cardiorespiratory fitness. Researchers believe that low levels of performance in the test in mid-life could indicate the presence of underlying disease even before symptoms arise.