Floor or couch? Couch or floor?

When you have a couch or soft comfy chair it’s hard to imagine wanting to sit on the floor.

What does the research say?

However, research has shown that the ability to get up from the floor is a significant predictor of longevity in people aged 51 to 80. (Ability to sit and rise from the floor). A study in 2020, backs up the same conclusion as the earlier one from 2014. (Sitting-rising test)

Who does sit on the floor?

Sitting on the floor is a traditional practice, commonly found in Asian countries that has been passed down through generations and has proven to be advantageous for physical health, flexibility, posture, and overall well-being.

What are the advantages of being able to sit and rise from the floor?

One of the primary advantages of sitting on the floor is improved posture. When sitting on a chair or a couch, it’s easy to adopt a slouched or hunched position.

Sitting on the floor requires more engagement of the core muscles, promoting an upright and aligned spine. This can help alleviate back and neck pain and improve overall spinal health.

If you’re on the floor then the act of getting up requires a range of motion in the joints, which helps to maintain their flexibility and prevents stiffness. Regular floor sitting can also contribute to improved hip, knee, and ankle mobility.

Sitting on the floor can increase strength and stability by forcing the body to rely on its own muscles for balance and support. This engagement of muscles again helps to strengthen the core, lower back, and leg muscles,

When we improve our muscle strength and balance, we can reduce the risk of injury and improve overall stability.

But what if I’m not able to get up and down from the floor?

Not all elderly individuals may find sitting on the floor comfortable or suitable for their specific physical conditions. Factors such as joint pain, mobility issues, or existing musculoskeletal conditions should be taken into consideration and it’s important to consult a medical practitioner in these instances.

Finally, why should I sit on the floor?

The main plusses of floor sitting are better balance, stability, and coordination, greater mobility, a strong core and legs, and a healthier posture.

What’s not to love about that?

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