Apparently, some Brazilian doctors have developed a test that predicts mortality. It’s a “simple” sitting-standing exercise that measures flexibility and your chances of dropping dead soon. Real soon: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2858804/Can-exercise-test-predict-DEATH-People-struggle-sitting-rising-test-five-times-likely-die.html
Here’s it is:
1. From a barefoot standing position, lower yourself down to a cross-legged sitting position without using your hands (or any other body part) for support.
2. Stand up again, once more without using any other part of your body for support.
The sitting down portion is scored out of 5. And the standing up portion is scored out of 5. Dock 1 point every time you use another part of your body for support. Dock 1/2 point every time you lose your balance.
According to the study, a scored of 8-10 is great; a score of 7 or lower suggests you’re twice as likely to drop dead within THE NEXT SIX YEARS.
So, I had Akemi try it. “Sit down,”I said and she sat down, smoothly transitioning to a cross-legged sitting position. “Now stand up,”I said. She planted her feet and stood up, just as smoothly. It was as if I’d rewound a video of her sitting down.
I took this test to work and, amazingly, every one of my co-workers who tried the test passed. In fact, pretty much everyone passed. Except for one single person.
Me! I had no problem sitting down but when it came time to standing up… It’s not that I had trouble doing it. I simply COULDN’T do it. There is NO WAY I can stand up from a cross-legged sitting position.
All this to say, given the five year outline I have for the show, it may behoove the production office to have a back-up plan for the show runner position, just in case.