Colin our family dog, is quite happy to lie on the floor for hours on end, but can jump up instantly when he hears the shake of the treats tin with no effort and he’s 9 years old (about 60 in human years). We should ideally be able to do the same. Dogs spend a lot of time lying on the floor, but we tend to sit on chairs, lie on beds so we don’t do this very important activity daily. I’ve said in a previous blog, as we get older, we lose muscle mass and this reduces our ability to do certain tasks like getting and down, so really need to try and do this as often as possible.
‘Getting up and down from the floor is so important that our ability to do so is actually a measure of our fitness and longevity.
Getting up and down from the floor calls in almost every area of fitness and every part of our body: balance, core strength, lower body strength, flexibility and cooordination’ ****
So your task this week is to practice getting down and up off the floor. If you need to hold on to a chair or similar to help you to begin with then do. Just practice doing it everyday. My video shows the safest way to get up.
If you have ‘sticking points’, then that is the area that needs extra work i.e. if you can’t push up to sitting, then you need to do upper body exercises to build up the muscular strength in arms, shoulders and core.
If you need any advice or help , then please contact me for free advice.
**** www.verywellfit.com How to Safely Get up and Down From the Floor