The Keeping Fit Physical Therapist lists four things your body should always be able to do

As we all chase the fountain of youth, one physical therapist has shared her four tips for “aging gracefully.”

Sammy Spiegel, who has worked in orthopedics for 13 years, has listed four simple ways to keep your body functioning well for the rest of your life.

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“These are things I’ve seen over and over again for the past decade and people are sneaking up on them,” she said in a TikTok video that has been viewed more than 750,000 times.

“And they don’t realize that they’re becoming less and less able to do something until I ask them.

“You actually have a pretty big impact on your day-to-day work.”

How many of these can you do?

Physiotherapist Sammy Spiegel shares her four tips for aging gracefully. Credit: Tick ​​tock

1. Stand on one leg

The first sign of aging gracefully, according to Spiegel, is the ability to balance on one leg for up to 10 seconds.

“Being able to stand on one leg longer improves your ability to take a nice long stride so you don’t end up taking a shuffling gait, and greatly reduces the chances of you falling,” she said.

According to the World Health Organization, falls are the second leading cause of accidental death from injury worldwide, with an estimated 684,000 people dying from falls each year.

Spiegel says you should be able to balance on one leg. Credit: Westend61/Getty Images/Westend61

2. Get up from the chair without using your hands

Spiegel also recommends that we start paying attention to how we get up from our chairs — saying we should try not to use our hands for it.

“That’s basically doing squats every day in your function,” she said.

“You don’t have to go to the gym and do squats … but every time you get out of a chair, think, ‘I’m not going to use my hands.’

“See if you can do it.

“If you can’t, we have work to do.

“If you can, do it for the rest of your life and don’t stop.”

3. Get off the floor

There comes a time when adults are sitting less and less on the floor, making getting up and off the floor more difficult, Spiegel says.

But getting up off the ground is an important step in not only aging gracefully, but also in picking yourself up after a fall.

“Well, I know this may sound ridiculous to some younger people, but older people are very afraid that if they fall, they won’t be able to get up off the floor because they haven’t done it in years.” “, she said.

“So if you’re of an age where you can get off the ground and get off the ground, do it every day for the rest of your life.

“That way you have the muscles that allow you to do that.”

4. Lie on your stomach

Finally, Spiegel says that the ability to lie on your stomach is the final piece of the puzzle of aging gracefully.

“Not everyone agrees with that, but I strongly believe that you should always be able to lie on your stomach,” she said.

“Unless you have medical limitations, there’s no reason you can’t.

Lying on your stomach can help improve neck mobility. Credit: John Fedele/Getty Images

“It helps ensure you can keep your back nice and straight.

“If you can’t lie on your stomach without your back hurting, then we need to stretch.”

She says many people can’t lie on their stomach because they can’t turn their head, and “they didn’t realize they lost the range of motion of their neck.”

“So if you can lie on your stomach, you’ll notice if you’re suddenly like, ‘Why is my neck stiff?'” she said.

‘Terrific’

Followers were grateful for Spiegel’s tips and agreed with the physiotherapist’s advice.

“Thank’s for the Tipps! I’ll start with that,” said one.

“I am ancient and agree with this message,” said another.

“Excellent,” wrote another.

Most older people have not sat on the floor in years. Image from a photo agency. Credit: Westend61/Getty Images/Westend61

Many wrote about their struggles with some of these actions, especially getting up off the ground.

“She’s not lying about getting off the floor. I’m 52 and started childcare (yes I know, crazy) but it was tough at first,” one person shared.

“I’ve noticed getting off the floor getting harder and I didn’t want to do it – it knows I have to keep going,” someone wrote.

Spiegel’s prone tip received mixed reviews.

“Finally, lying on your stomach is encouraged,” someone said.

“My chiropractor absolutely says never sleep on your stomach,” said another.

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James Brien

James Brien is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. James Brien joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: jamesbrien@24ssports.com.

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