It might sound like an odd question, but your answer to the above question could tell you a lot about your general health and fitness.

You should be able to stand on one leg continuously for 43 seconds if you’re aged between 18 and 39, and for 40 seconds if you’re aged between 40 and 49.

Perhaps understandably, as you get older, the length of time you should be able to ‘make like a flamingo’ diminishes even more.

On average it’s 37 seconds if you’re 50 to 59, 30 seconds if you’re 60 to 69, between 18 and 19 seconds if you’re aged 70 to 79, and a little over five seconds if you’re over 80.

This summer, to raise awareness of the impact ageing has on strength, balancing and agility, clinicians in Suffolk and north east Essex are asking people of all ages to see how long they can stand on one leg.

If you can’t stand for as long as you should be able to according to the figures above, they have some tips on how you can boost your strength and mobility.

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