Functional exercise

I have never been one for doing physical exercises - I can do pushups and situps , etc - but I don't really "enjoy" doing them. Doing things that are a definite aid to my personal functioning is however "justifiable" for me :) - to that end , after a thread in another NHS forum here, that discussed a supposed "longevity test" which involved a test of one's ability to get up off the floor - I kind of "invented" a simple exercise for myself to do. I simply lie down on the floor - on my back or stomach alternately - and then get back up to a standing position again, without any external aids. I can use arms, legs, hands, knees to do so - but no chair/table legs , etc .

Try this out some time and do say 10 repeats - you will see where I am coming from . It gets quite difficult and tiring and gets your heart racing :) - and the ability to get up off the floor is a very important ability to have as we age. I also suspect it is good strengthening exercise for our core muscles.

Last edited by

Featured Content

Join the NHS Couch to 5K community

Couch to 5K has been designed to get you off the couch and running 5km in just 9 weeks

Start today!

Featured by HealthUnlocked


    You may also like...