This popped up in our news scans and at first we couldn’t figure out why. “That’s not about evolution!” we thought.
On the other hand, maybe it is. We’ll let you figure it out, dear reader. In London’s Daily Mail we read Stand up with no hands to live longer: Why you could be heading for an early grave if you can’t get off the floor without using your hands.
It’s about a six-year study of more than 2,000 men and women, aged 51 to 80. Those who performed poorly on the test were five or six times more likely to die than those who did well.
We’ll give you only one excerpt, because no more is needed:
If getting up from a game of Scrabble on the floor this Christmas requires both hands, a lot of sighing and a helpful tug from a grandchild, beware. For the gloomy message from scientists is that you may not live as long as your flexible counterparts.
Those who can sit down and get up using only one hand – or no hands at all – are likely to live for longer, a study found. But those needing extra assistance, such as getting up on their knees or using two hands, are up to six times more likely to die prematurely.
That’s it. Either you’re interested enough to click over there to read the whole thing or you’re not. Or maybe you’re stuck on the floor and can’t get back up.
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