How Fast Can You Stand Up and Sit Down?


Yes, I am purposely asking, “How Fast Can You Stand Up and Sit Down 5 Times?

Make sure to time yourself with a stopwatch.

My time was 9 seconds. What is yours?

Now, the next question is, “Why am I asking this?

I ask because a recent study shows that people who cannot perform this test in less than 12 seconds, are less likely to be able to walk 6000 steps per day.

A good walking goal to strive for is 10,000 steps per day. If you can walk 10,000 steps per day – the equivalent of walking approximately 5 miles per day – then you are less likely to be inactive.

Inactivity can lead to weight gain and joint stiffness. Obesity-related illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and some types of cancer are on the rise in America. Therefore, having the ability to walk 6,000-10,000 steps per day is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

Why else is the Five Times Sit-To-Stand Test so important?

Because if it takes you >16 seconds to complete this test, then you are at a higher risk of falling.

If a person over the age of 65 years old falls and breaks their hip, the mortality rate 1 year later after that fall is 30-50%.

Why can’t I perform the test in < 12 seconds?

Wow! There are lots of answers regarding why you might not be as fast as you would like with this test. Here are some possibilities:

  • Hip weakness
  • Overall leg weakness
  • Recovering from recent injury or surgery
  • Obesity
  • Poor balance
  • Poor overall health
  • Other medical conditions (Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Inner Ear Conditions, etc.)

Do you have difficulty getting up out of a chair?

Do you know a family member or a friend who has difficulty getting up out of a chair?

As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, I strongly encourage you to have a conversation with your local physical therapist if your Five Times Sit-To-Stand Test is > 12 seconds.

If you reside in the Southeastern Wisconsin region, please don’t hesitate to contact me and start a conversation about how to improve your ability to get up and down out of a chair or improve your overall balance. You can reach me by clicking on the button below for your FREE TELEPHONE CONSULTATION.

To Your Best Health,

Dr. Jeanette


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