Sure, actually. “One of many largest killers of older individuals is falls,” Buettner declares. Enable us to remind you of the next stats: When you’re over 65, there’s a one in 4 probability that you will fall3, and for those who do, research present your probabilities of falling once more double. When you fall and break your hip,4 there’s a 30 to 40% probability5 that you’ll die inside a yr (not essentially from the autumn itself, however maybe from different issues associated to the accident).
If you sit on the ground, nonetheless, you continuously prepare your decrease physique energy and steadiness—particularly for those who’re getting up and down off the ground a number of occasions a day.
“Lo and behold, in Okinawa, [they have] far fewer falls,” says Buettner. “Within the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, they’re sitting on furnishings, however they’re additionally of their gardens. After they’re of their gardens, they’re on their knees, they’re bending over, [they’re using] the identical form of muscular tissues that we by no means use after we’re sitting in our places of work, watching TV, and so forth.”
After all, sitting on the ground is not the top all, be all for longevity; however Buettner counts it as a kind of “counterintuitive” practices that helps these individuals reside for much longer, more healthy lives. “[They] add as much as a a lot larger piece of the longevity pie than we expect,” he provides.