One partial curl-up: you’re on your back, knees bent, arms along your side. Lift your head and torso up, and go down slowly without touching your head to the ground.
Earlier similar studies have relied on self-reported information, which, as we know, isn’t very accurate. This one actually weighed, measured and tested about 5000 Canadians, aged 6-79, from 15 different locations across the country. Weight, height, body fat, waist circumference, and blood pressure were measured, and strength, flexibility and aerobic tests were conducted.
What researchers found? Bad news...
Obesity is on the rise and fitness levels are on the decline.
37% of Canadian adults are currently overweight and 24% are obese.
In the 20-39 year old group, the % of Canadians with a waist circumference purring them at high health risk (over 87 cm or 34 inches for women and 101 cm or 40 inches) more than quadrupled: from 5% to 21% in men and from 6% to 31% in women!
In the 40- 69 year old group, it more than doubled.
Among kids and teenagers, 17% were overweight and 9% obese, and the number of them that have too high waist circumferences tripled in the last 25 years!
BMIs were significantly lower, in all age groups, than our American neighbours’, except for teenagers and older adults 60-79 years old (Canadians still had lower BMIs, but the difference wasn’t significant).
Across the board, we’re also less fit than we were 25 years ago.
The craziest finding, in my opinion... and to answer the question above...
37% of women 20-39 could not do one single partial curl-up!!
59% of women aged 40-59 and a whopping 86% aged 60-69 could not do a single partial curl-up!
(Those that were able to do 25 partial curl ups: 31% 20-39 years old; 13% 40-59 years old, and 4% 60-69 years old).
Men:10% of men 20-29, 29% 40-59, and 69% 60-69 could not do a single partial curl up.
(Those that were able to do 25 partial curl ups: 55% of men 20-39 years old; 36% 40-59 years old, and 12% 60-69 years old).
This is not good news.
You try it now... how many partial curl ups can you do??