How’s your musculo-skeletal health?

You can get a scan if you’re worried about your bone density but there’s an easier way to test your musculo-skeletal health:

One in three women and one in five men will suffer a fracture as a consequence of low bone density.

But a challenge has been launched for World Osteoporosis Day to help gauge our resilience against osteoporosis.

It’s a simple test to count how many times you can sit and stand in 30 seconds without using your hands.

It measures overall musculo-skeletal health, that researchers say is vital to preventing osteoporosis.

You start seated in a chair, then count how many times you can stand and sit, with arms folded, in half a minute.  It’s important to fully stand and fully sit at each repetition to get a good measure.

A healthy person with average fitness under 40 should be able to achieve a score of more than 19.

If you are over 40, you should be able to score 1-2 less than this for every decade beyond 40.

If you struggle, you may want to consult a health professional.

Fonterra Principal Research Scientist Linda Schollum says the challenge is not in a formal research setting, but launched as a fun and engaging way to raise awareness.

“The test is a bit of fun and anyone in reasonable health can do it. It’s really valuable to test how well your body is faring.” . . 

I managed 25.

2 Responses to How’s your musculo-skeletal health?

  1. Gravedodger says:

    The love of my life had a simpler but considerably more terrifying test.
    Just over a week ago she decided her floor to ceiling mirror needed cleaning while the math was on the lawnmower sans cellphone. With a nine foot stud some elevation augmentation was required and the chosen solution adopted was a step stool that is in the pantry cupboard. Totally appropriate with support to hand there but rather inadequate in the workplace then being in operation.

    Outcome a rather disastrous fall with some spectacular multi-hued bruising literally from her arse to her elbow with a black eye to boot but nothing broke so have decided osteoporosis is not an issue.
    However took math twenty minutes to reinstate the out of square and shape step stool and put it back where it should never have left.

  2. Mr E says:

    I passed and I am currently physically compromised.

    I didn’t think I would pass. I doubt the strength of my skeleton. The is my list of breaks or fractures:
    Toe
    Spine
    Rib
    Both shoulders
    Elbow
    Thumb

    The other possibility is I am a walking disaster. Perhaps that is a probability rather than possibility.

    Perhaps I should trust my skeleton.

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