No, this isn't any palm reading mumbo-jumbo. This is you testing your body and looking at what you need to do to extend your life so that you can be lighting up on your 100th b-day too (I suggest not smoking until you're 100 though...)
Some of these might be a big wake-up call, so prepare to want to run to the gym after reading this.
Check out each test below and always ask a doctor to help you get more concrete results:
The Hand Grip Test
Squeeze your hands into a fist. Now grab something like a door knob and squeeze as hard as you can. Do you feel like your hands are strong? Or struggling to grip as hard as you thought you could?
The firmness of your hand grip directly corresponds with your heart health, and can be an indication of being susceptible to illness, disability, and ultimately an early death. It might even be a better indicator than a usual blood test!
To fully measure it, you'll need a Dynamometer that can often be found at your local gym. To improve your hand strength (because you can always, always improve) try a simple hand grip. This tiny tool is also a great stress reliever - think of it as a stronger stress ball - and works your grip and forearm. My grandpa uses this constantly (along with other daily workouts) and lived to a nice old age of 90.
The 6-Minute Walk Test
This measures your aerobic capacity which checks how good of shape are your heart and lungs in?
Here's a really long and scientific breakdown of the test from the American Thoracic Society but here is the basic outline:
1, While wearing comfortable clothes, find a flat area where you can pace back and forth for 6 minutes. Set up two cones as far apart as you'd like so that you can know where to turn around.
2. Be sure you are resting for ten minutes before the test and then set your timer for 6 minutes.
3. Once you start you are able to rest or slow down as much as you need to, just keep in mind that the goal is to walk as far as you can in 6 minutes without jogging or running.
4. After the test, check your blood pressure (or just count your own pulse) and take a self-assessment. How tired are you? Are you out of breath? How far did you walk?
Check the official link above to see what you should be aiming for, and contact a doctor about having an official test done!
The Sit and Rise Test
This tests your flexibility, strength, and balance - all things that go away as we age. Loss of these three things can make your body frail and susceptible to slips and falls (which is no good when you're old!) A frail body isn't a good sign for a long life, so working on your flexibility is immensely important.
It's so easy:
1. Sit on the ground with your legs crossed (criss-cross apple sauce!)
2. Stand up without using your hands at all
The Chair Test
Like the Sit and Rise, this is all about your strength and making sure your body isn't frail. It can keep you active and on your feet longer as you age.
1. Set a timer for one minute and stand in front of a chair.
2. Sit down and stand up as many times as you can until the timer
3. See how you stack up against other people who took the test here.
The Standing Stork Test
Balance is strongly linked to your strength and future ability to support yourself (being physically fit, not falling, etc) This test will not only see where you are currently, but will help improve your balance immediately!
1. Start a timer
2. Put one foot on your knee (so that you're standing on one leg)
3. Get on your tip-toes
4. When you fall (and you will fall^^) stop the timer!
See what your results mean here.