What are the best ways to test your health? Our 5 simple tests can each be done in a minute or so, and give you excellent indicators of how healthy you are.
How fit is my body really? Find out! With our simple tests, you can discover how your health is doing. Even if, of course, they do not replace a visit to the doctor. However, they might give you an early indication that something is wrong.
Test your health 1: longevity indicator
Sit cross-legged on the floor from a standing position and stand up again. How often do you have to use a hand, a knee or other parts of your body?
0 – 1 time: Not only are you fit, you can also expect a long life. This is what the developer of the exercise, the Brazilian doctor Dr. Claudio Gil Araújo, found out. In his study with over 2,000 patients, it was shown that people are healthier if they have strong muscles, a flexible body and a good sense of balance – all skills that are required in practice and that can be expanded with yoga.
2 times or more: Your body could be a little fitter. According to the Rio de Janeiro study, people who support themselves two or more times when sitting down and standing up have a lower life expectancy than fitter test participants. Especially in the elderly, physical fitness was particularly important for overall health. The good news: As soon as the body is trained again, the physical condition also improves. With less support, the probability of a long life increases by about 20 percent. The skills in demand can be trained with yoga once a week: the exercises train the sense of balance and strengthen the muscles.
Test your health 2: biorythm
Do you wake up without an alarm most days of the week?
Yes: very good! Those who do not need an alarm clock in the morning live in harmony with their internal clock. According to studies, this reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and gastrointestinal problems. Anyone who eats regularly gets even more in tact.
No: Then you should try to change your biorhythm: turn off the bright lights in the evening, close the computer so that you don’t stay awake too long. Darkness promotes the sleep hormone melatonin. Also important: fill up with plenty of daylight during the day, this promotes the natural sleep-wake rhythm. That way, is the perfect bedtime.
Test your health 3: eye health
Keep one eye closed at a time and look briefly at the point on the grid from a distance of 20-30 cm. What do you see?
The grid with straight lines and a black dot: perfect, your retina is intact. A so-called macular degeneration is not in sight! However, because there are of course other eye diseases (such as glaucoma), you should go to the ophthalmologist every two years from 40 years of age.
A faulty grid: If you see wavy lines, boxes of different sizes, a gray spot, empty spaces or not all four corners, you should immediately make an appointment with the ophthalmologist. There may be a dangerous retinal change. With the right therapy, you can significantly reduce or stop the damage to the eye.
Test your health 4: risk of a stroke
Can you stand on one leg with your eyes closed for at least 20 seconds?
Yes: wonderful! According to a study from Japan, your risk of stroke is low: you can keep a good balance because your brain cells work together very well. In addition, if you don’t smoke, exercise a lot, and eat a healthy diet, lower your risk even more.
No: Caution: balance problems can result from unnoticed micro-infarctions in the brain, which increase the risk of a stroke. Make sure you live a healthy lifestyle and have your doctor examine you regularly.
Test your health 5: cardiovascular disease risk
Measure your waist and hip circumference. Now divide the first value by the second. What number do you come up with?
Below 0.8: Great: With this waist-to-hip ratio (0.9 applies to men) you lower your risk of cardiovascular diseases. Too much belly fat releases hormones that have a negative impact on the heart. The exercise below will keep your figure in good shape.
Over 0.8: Unfortunately, love handles in the middle of the body increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases. But there is a practical exercise that practically reduces it by the way: pull in your stomach as often as possible and hold it for 20 seconds. Also pay attention to healthy eating and lots of exercise.
Author: Genevieve Dumas is a food, fashion, health and beauty writer from New York, who has worked for a range of major magazines.