Here's a result of another study guaranteed to ruin your day. From University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
"A simple test that looks at how easy -- or difficult -- it is for you to sit down on the floor and then get back up may help predict how long you’re going to live, a new study shows."
OK so far? Here's the dire part:
"Middle-aged and elderly people who needed to use both hands and knees to get up and down were almost seven times more likely to die within six years, compared to those who could spring up and down without support."
What? What? As you read on you find that you must sit down on the floor without touching your knees, legs, hands, or arms on the floor and get back up unaided. What they do not demonstrate is how this is done and I've spent a fair amount of time since last night trying to visualize how to lower myself to the floor and up again without using my hands to help. I mean, who sits on the floor this way? Even young flexible people would probably fall over backward trying to sit on the floor without using their arms or hands to steady the landing.
I've been sitting on the floor a lot this week while wrapping presents and cannot remember how I got down there and if it would pass this test so I was not in eminent danger of dying.