Highlights

  • The study was publsihed in the British Journal of Sports Medicine
  • The team conducted health and physical check ups of roughly 1,700 participants
  • Roughly 21 per cent of participants failed the test

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If you are middle aged and can’t stand on one leg for 10 seconds, there is some bad news!

According to a recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, middle-aged people, who can't stand on one leg and hold it for at least 10 seconds, are at a higher risk of dying in the next 10 years.

For the study, the team conducted health and physical check-ups of roughly 1,700 participants aged 51 to 75 from 2008 to 2020. Researchers asked participants to stand on one leg for 10 seconds, with their free foot resting on the calf of their standing leg and their arms at their sides.
Roughly 21 per cent of participants failed the test. The likelihood of failure increased with age; 54 per cent people aged 71 to 75 failed the test.

Researchers found that participants who struggled with the simple balancing were 84% more likely to die in the next 10 years than those who could stand unsupported.

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