The Balance and Longevity Connection
Scientific confirmation for a 10-second, one-legged assessment.
Are you including a balance assessment in your routine client intakes? If not, start now. New research suggests that balance and longevity are linked. People ages 50 and older who have poor balance have a higher likelihood of death from any cause. An international research group analyzed data from 1,702 people ages 51–75 years over a 12-year period that included results from a 10-second, one-legged stand test, biometrics and incidence of death. Data analysis shows that the ability to successfully complete the 10-second, one-legged stand test was independently associated with less risk of early death.
While the research does not establish a causal link between balance and longevity, some experts think that balance ability reflects muscular endurance, body composition, functional ability, cognitive health and more, so it can be an indicator of overall health.
The study is available in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (2022; doi:10.1136/bjsports-2021-105360).).
Balance and Longevity: What Do You Think?
The emphasis on balance or core training seems to ebb and flow with fitness trends. What, if any, balance training programs are you offering? Is it integrated into other types of training and, if so, what types? Or, is balance training being offered as a stand-alone program for older adults? Tell us about your experiences.
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