The simple act of sitting on the ground can help you live longer and stronger. Livestrong.com’s article entitled “Want to Age Well? Here's the One Surprising Thing You Should Do Every Day” reports that 2014 research found that the ability to get up from the floor is a major predictor of longevity in people ages 51 to 80. The study showed that those who had the hardest time with the task were five to six times more likely to die during the researchers' follow-up period than those who could sit and stand with ease. More recent research also supports this conclusion.
That is because how well you can move from standing to sitting and vice versa is a reflection of your overall health, fitness and function. However, you do not need to jettison the chair for every activity. Spending some time on the floor every day can benefit your health. Here are all the pluses of plopping down on the ground:
We just don't want to live long, but well. Incorporating simple balancing activities in your everyday life can really improve your your overall health and vitality to ensure you are able to age in place. Additionally, according to Healthline getting outside and sitting on the ground (grounding) can add another level of health benefits. Get outside, put your feet in the grass and play with those grandkids.
Reference: Livestrong.com (June 19, 2021) “Want to Age Well? Here's the One Surprising Thing You Should Do Every Day”
Healthline.com (August 30, 2019) "Grounding: ExploringEarthing Science and the Benefits Behind It"