I hear all the time about people who want to be able to garden or play on the floor with their grandchildren, but they just can’t do it anymore. When do we stop getting up and down from the ground? Why does it get harder? Can we really be able to do it again? What would Spring look like if we could once again get down to plant some daffodils in our back yard?
There is evidence that our ability to get up and down from the ground is a precursor for longevity. If this is the case, shouldn’t we work more towards being able to get up and down and stop avoiding it?
Hip, knee and ankle pain are common causes for avoiding this movement. The trouble is, the more we avoid a movement pattern, the less movement we have. What if we allow ourselves to find another way to move? Can you change legs? Can you ‘stretch out’ your feet/knees/hips before you try and does that help? Can you adjust your foot position to allow for a more comfortable motion? Sometimes just changing the way we move can have profound effects on our ability to do such tasks. Taking the time and listening to how your body feels during any movement, allowing yourself to experience it without fear, and knowing that you are in control can make a world of difference.
I think Springtime gives us a feeling of hope and new life. The weather gets warmer. We spend more time outdoors and generally people are like those blossoms coming to life after a long, cold winter. Playing around with movement and finding what feels right vs what doesn’t may allow you to get back to doing what you love. Starting now just might get you ready to take that walk on the beach. How cool would it be to know that you can sit with your significant other and put your feet up again and not worry about whether you can get back up?
Go ahead. Sit on the ground and put your feet up. You’ve earned it!
If you need help finding some ways to improve your ability, reach out. Physical Therapy can help. I think everyone should be able to experience life both on the ground at eye level with a baby as well as on two feet walking with you baby on the beach. Don’t you?
 Leonardo Barbossa Barreto del Britto, et al Ability to sit and rise from the floor as a predictor of all-cause mortality; European Journal of Preventive Cardiology 0(00) 1–7; The European Society of Cardiology 2012