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Started by Ebadlun on Jun 21, 2022 1:27:04 AM
If you can't balance on one leg, you're basically going to die soon

Slightly paraphrasing:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jun/20/ba
lancing-on-one-leg-useful-health-test-later-life-research


I was a bit wobbly while I found the centre of balance, but got to 25 seconds before concluding I was basically immortal.

The researchers said the study had limitations, including that the participants were all white Brazilians



They could be perpetually swaying to relaxed Bossa Nova rhythms

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indlovubill - 21 Jun 2022 07:06:09 (#1 of 113)

Right leg no problem, left leg very wobbly first couple of attempts until I got the hang of it.

RosyLovelady - 21 Jun 2022 07:11:00 (#2 of 113)

Is it necessary to adopt the pretentiously spiritual pose pictured in the link to have any chance of immortality?

CarlosFandango - 21 Jun 2022 06:14:53 (#3 of 113)

Fascinating stuff.

I haven't tried yet this morning, but last time I was urged to join in a friend's morning yoga thing I could do this for as long as I wanted.

Things may have deteriorated spectacularly since, of course.

RosyLovelady - 21 Jun 2022 07:17:09 (#4 of 113)

< for as long as I wanted >

That wouldn't be very long for me :-)

Dubris - 21 Jun 2022 06:18:59 (#5 of 113)

Right leg no problem, left leg very wobbly

And for me the reverse, but then I'm lefthanded so I tend to favour that side of my body. Has the issue of which leg you stand on been addressed? Presumably having stability using the non-dominant leg is A GOOD THING.

widenation - 21 Jun 2022 07:20:31 (#6 of 113)

Would I benefit from having one leg amputated then?

CarlosFandango - 21 Jun 2022 06:23:11 (#7 of 113)

Oh well. It seems I can still do this highly unimpressive thing. I'll spare you the details as I don't want to boast.

I can also walk in a straight line and talk, chew gum and fart at the same time. Opportunities for full simultaneity are limited by my only very occasional use of gum.

RosyLovelady - 21 Jun 2022 07:23:49 (#8 of 113)

Only if you have weightiness issues, widen.

thisonehasalittlehat - 21 Jun 2022 07:34:59 (#9 of 113)

I can stand on either leg as long as I like and indulge in various movement. However I am not in the target age demographic. Nor am I Brazilian.

elderberry - 21 Jun 2022 06:39:38 (#10 of 113)

The study the article refers to used a completely different standardised posture from the one in the illustration.

CarlosFandango - 21 Jun 2022 06:43:46 (#11 of 113)

Yes. The pretensions posture isn't any harder though. Arguably easier as raised-arms provide a greater correctional 'lever', for the inevitable slight wobbles.

CarlosFandango - 21 Jun 2022 06:44:45 (#12 of 113)

And probably reduces knee flex a bit.

browserbutton - 21 Jun 2022 07:47:39 (#13 of 113)

'a 12-year study examining the relationship between balance and mortality. Although the research was observational and cannot establish cause...'

I hope taxpayers' precious money wasn't involved, etc.

wickeltisch - 21 Jun 2022 06:51:01 (#14 of 113)

There is only one sentence in that article I find utterly convincing:

The researchers said the study had limitations

coshipi - 21 Jun 2022 06:53:01 (#15 of 113)

I can put on my shoes, and do up the laces, standing up, so perhaps I am immortal. On the other hand, I had the first major vaso-vagal episode in years at 02:15 last night, and felt as though I was dying. The BP and oxygen saturation meters said I was all but dead already, but here I am this morning, bouncing up and down and raring to go. Almost.

thisonehasalittlehat - 21 Jun 2022 07:56:29 (#16 of 113)

Weird blank post. I can just make it the translucent shapes of letters but I can't read them.

Dementor - 21 Jun 2022 07:57:16 (#17 of 113)

Blimey, Cosh - hope you’re ok.

coshipi - 21 Jun 2022 07:05:32 (#18 of 113)

Thanks, Dem - on past form, I'll be fine in a few hours. Due for a cardiology review tomorrow, probably coincidentally. This'll be the first major v-v with a heart monitor in, so they should be able to see exactly what happened, which is sort of good. (Had the old monitor in for five years before its battery went flat, and never had a major v-v the whole time, then two minor ones with the flat battery, got the new monitor last October iirc.)

RosyLovelady - 21 Jun 2022 08:08:07 (#19 of 113)

Blimey. All the best, Coshi.

Dementor - 21 Jun 2022 08:16:50 (#20 of 113)

Due for a cardiology review tomorrow, probably coincidentally.

The Wikipedia page mentions stress, and prolonged standing - I’d never heard of the condition, though. Glad you’re receiving decent care about it.

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