There are multiple ways to get up and down from the floor.
Not only is this a valuable and practical everyday skill, this study found the more limbs you need to use to get off the floor, the greater your risk of all-cause mortality.
The study author, Dr. Claudio Gil Araújo, says, “If you can sit and rise from the floor using just one hand — or even better without the help of a hand — you are not only in the higher quartile of musculo-skeletal fitness but their survival prognosis is better than that of those unable to do so…It is well known that aerobic fitness is strongly related to survival, but our study also shows that getting up from the floor is not only good for performing daily activities but has a favourable influence on life expectancy.”
Get Ups are not only a practical, everyday skill, they also provide the movement skill and fitness benefits to help you stay healthy for a lifetime. Here are a few examples of how you can try getting up from the floor;
How to practice get ups in everyday life:
- Every time you have to get up and down from the floor, a chair or a lying down position throughout the day, be mindful of how you’re doing it.
- Instead of using your hands to help you get up, try to do it with just your legs (or as few additional limbs for support as possible).
- Add some Get Ups into your exercise or movement practice
- Spend 5 minutes practicing as many different Get Ups as you can. Be inventive as this is also highly beneficial for the brain.
- For an extra challenge, try performing Get Ups while holding an additional load.