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Photo: leungchopan (Shutterstock) Most of us, myself included, spend a significant portion of our day sitting—usually on chairs or couches. Sitting all day long isn’t great for our health, but if possible, switching to sitting on the floor (even just for short periods of time) actually can help improve our overall health. That’s because the movements required to get into and out of a sitting position on the floor require developing strength, mobility, and coordination. As body alignment specialist Lauren Roxburgh told Well + Good last year, “When you are able to sit down and stand back up from the floor with relative ease, it’s a wonderful sign of overall structural, skeletal health, and muscular balance and alignment.” The sitting-rising test is a good measure of strength and mobility The sitting-rising test, where you cross your left leg over your right, then lower yourself into a cross-legged sitting position, then rise out, serves as a good measure of your strength, mobility, and coordination. (You can watch a demonstration here .) As a 2012 study found , people between the ages of 51 and 80 who were able to successfully do the sitting-rising test lived longer than those who couldn’t, most likely because it’s a good measure of a person’s overall strength and mobility , which is often lost with age. If you can’t do the sitting-rising test successfully, this doesn’t mean you are doomed to die an early death . However, if you struggle to do the sitting-rising test, […]