My worry is that some people will read this statistic and conclude, "I must try to get up more quickly". But rushing to rise from a chair is likely to lead to an increase in effort and strain, when in fact the goal should be to move with greater lightness and co-ordination - exactly the qualities encouraged by the Alexander Technique, and undermined by hurrying. Unfortunately speed is simpler to monitor than ease, which is why researchers tend to favour it as a measure of functioning.
Research led by Professor Archana Singh-Manou, University of Paris
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