The ability to kneel or sit on the floor and get back up is one of the best ways to preserve our mobility and predict our overall fitness and longevity.
This simple act may not seem like much but, when you stop and think about it, our ability to be able to control our bodies and the strength it takes to “pick ourselves up” off the floor is priceless.
This is particularly important as we get older. This simple act works every muscle in our bodies and it works our balance, core strength, upper body strength, leg strength, flexibility, coordination, mobility and stability.
I find this movement will also reveal any strength weaknesses we may have.
Along with tailored exercises to help address these weaknesses, the repeated act of moving from the ground up will help to restore the strength.
As babies we learned to crawl before we could walk and the ground helped with that, the ground as resistance.
If this is a challenge for you, start slow and work your way up. Use a sturdy object as support to help you get stronger.