Have you noticed it is taking longer to get yourself ready than it used to?
That you need more time to get things done than before?
These can be signs that you have started slowing down.
Maybe you have noticed that you are a little slower than you used to be or perhaps your family and friends have commented on a change in your mobility. You can try a simple test to see if the ‘slowing-down’ process of later life is affecting you.
Check your speed
The Walking Speed test or Timed Up and Go test can be done easily at home. All you need is a tape measure and a watch with a second hand or a mobile phone with a stopwatch function.
But only attempt this exercise under supervision, especially if you are at risk of falling.
Increase your safety with a simple mobility test at home
If you take more than 5 seconds, you might be experiencing the slowing down effect. Of course, some of us walk slowly for other reasons, such as arthritis, but the test will give you a good indication of your general fitness. If you have slowed down then this guide will help improve your health and general fitness.
Timed Up and Go Test video online: