You can get up from sitting cross-legged without help
“This simple exercise was developed to assess strength and flexibility and to predict likelihood of early death. Called the sitting-rising test, it involves sitting down with your legs crossed and standing full upright without using any equipment. The physicians who developed this test found that people who couldn’t stand from a seated position were five times more likely to die in the next decade than people who could complete the test. However we don’t use this test as a predictor of early death, but as a measurement of a patient’s power, flexibility and balance. If you can’t complete the test, you may be more likely to be injured in a fall or suffer other medical problems. Being able to complete the test is a great sign that you are in good physical shape.” —Liam Champion, physical therapist at Physiwiz. Interested in more quick ways to gauge your physical health? Try these 10 other everyday fitness tests too.
You love music
“Musical exposure, training, and performance have been shown to be beneficial at all life stages of life. From cognitive development in babies to enhancing brain function in adults to fighting cognitive decline in dementia patients.” —Ryan Neinstein, MD, plastic surgeon. On the flip side, other activities aren’t so great for your brain health. Find out the 15 habits you never knew were aging your brain.
You usually get a restful night’s sleep
“This is one of the most important signs of your health. It reflects normal blood pressure, absence of obstructive breathing, and absence of gastroesophageal reflux disorder—GERD. It also indicates normal breathing at night which is crucial for long-term health.” —Murray Grossan MD, otolaryngologist, Cedars Sinai Medical Center.