1. Plank it up! Get into push-up position on the floor. Bend elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms. Elbows should be directly beneath shoulders, and your body should form a straight line from your head to your feet. If you can't hold this plank position for two minutes, American Family Care doctors warn it could mean you are carrying too much weight. Improving core strength is important for overall stability and strength.
2. Sit, Rise, Stand. Based on Brazilian research, this test examines how well you get up from a seated position on the floor. Sit down, and try to get up without using your hands or knees. The idea is to use as few body parts as possible, testing your strength, balance and flexibility.
3. Bad Breath Barometer. Bad breath can turn into more than just an awkward situation. Halitosis could be a sign of a serious health problem. AFC doctors recommend: Scrape your tongue with a spoon. Put the spoon in a plastic bag, close the bag, then smell it. A fruity odor can point to diabetes, a fishy smell may indicate kidney failure and a sour smell could be tied to sleep apnea.
4. Test of Time: How sharp is your mind? Swedish researchers developed a clock drawing test to screen for cognitive development and dementia. Start with a blank piece of paper, draw a clock, put in all the numbers and set hands for 10 and 11. This test taps into a range of cognitive abilities and can set off a signal if impairment is developed or developing.
5. Track your pulse. How strong is your heart rate? Did you know a weak pulse could not only be a sign of heart disease, but also an indication of a blood clot in your arm or leg? Place two fingers (not your thumb) on your wrist, press lightly until you feel a pulse. Using a watch or clock, make note of how many heartbeats you feel in 15 seconds. Your pulse = (total beats in 15 seconds)X 4 = (your heart rate). A normal resting heart rate ranges from 60-100 beats a minute.