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Can You Touch Your Toes and Do 20 Sit-Ups?

It turns out that more than half the people in the UK cannot do 20 sit-ups or touch their toes.

Come again? How could this be?

The "not being able to touch their toes" part is especially troubling since this action demonstrates basic flexibility - a lack of which can result in life-threatening circulatory problems and arthritis, as well as joint problems and shortening of ligaments leading to complete immobility. This figure seems absolutely amazing to me, so of course I am curious about you guys. Get on the floor and try it out and record your results below.


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kikidior kikidior 9 years
i can do like 2thousand a day and i used to do more than that when i was more into abs.
ncharden ncharden 9 years
i did both :) i would have VERY surprised if i couldn't, however, since i am very active with a mix of cardio, strength training, and bikram yoga . the last is my fave and how i spoil myself! i highly recommend trying bikram for a month if your flexibility range is limited- it WILL help. it is one of the best things i have ever done for myself!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
finally something I can do..
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
I can touch the ground and I do 500 crunches a day thanks to
Shibi Shibi 9 years
I can go flat hands on the floor. (I am currently trying to get further down on my splits).
skinnyforme skinnyforme 9 years
I can still do both but my scoliosis handicaps me from doing both to the fullest extent that I KNOW I can.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
I can touch my toes, but the upper part of my stomach (right under my ribs) still has a bunch of scar tissue from surgery a year ago. It's been so long, but even now I can feel it under my skin. It hurts like CRAZY to do sit ups. Don't suppose there's a way to help with gnarly scar tissue, Fit?
goodbyekitty goodbyekitty 9 years
I can go way past my toes so I'm good there. I can also do the sit ups but it's hard.
rubialala rubialala 9 years
I can't touch my toes. :( But I can do the sit ups.
juju4 juju4 9 years
I am about an inch from touching my toes, but I can do it if I bend my knees a little. It's funny, even as a kid I was never flexible...and I was a dancer! I could do the splits both ways with a lot of stretching, but reaching over my legs was never my strong suit. I used to HATE the sit & reach as part of the physical fitness tests.
joy76 joy76 9 years
pheww, there should be more of these surveys! First time in say a year that I did situps :-( very bad I know I am just lazy! I could do both, but it was hard work! That said touching your toes was hard, I am not very flexible so even when I was fitter it was a difficult task. Ok fit, point taking I need to start doing some proper exercises not running to catch my train in heels. Lol!
coddswaddle coddswaddle 9 years
I can do the crunches easy-peasy; but have issues with a torn muscle from kungfu, so no toe-touching without grunting.
almostloli almostloli 9 years
yay! i can do both!!! :D
emlod10 emlod10 9 years
some people have longer legs than their upper body (torso) so this causes them not to be able to lean over as far. If you're constantly stretching and understand where your body is at flexability wise i don't think that it is a problem.
sportsaholic21 sportsaholic21 9 years
I can't touch my toes and have never been able to come close despite years of being an athlete and stretching copiously. I just wasn't born with hamstrings loose enough to grant me access to my toes :-) yes, I have really long legs, it goes with being tall, BUT I also have really long arms, so I think they offset.
fashionhore fashionhore 9 years
I can do both. That is basic movement skills and I would be very worried if I couldn't do either.
Lucky-in-Love Lucky-in-Love 9 years
I did both- thanks for getting me moving this morning, Fit!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I can do both but I can BARELY touch my toes. Need to work at that
Amanda-La Amanda-La 9 years
I just did both and it feels great! I want more assignments like this everyday!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I'm not flexable AT ALL! I can do the sit-ups, but I can't touch my toes!
daisyeater21 daisyeater21 9 years
i would be worried if i couldnt do both!
aoitenshi aoitenshi 9 years
I can touch my toes now because of a few weeks of yoga, and I can do 20 sit-ups, but only if I do it really slowly. ;)
krEnElk krEnElk 9 years
i can do both, but i can just barely touch my toes. i remember my gym teacher telling me, in high school, that it's because i have "freaky giraffe legs," so that's my excuse ;-)
moonischasingme1 moonischasingme1 9 years
I don't think being able to touch your toes should be a measure of fitness. This is something you have to pretty much train your body to do through and requires flexibility. I am pretty fit, but I am not as flexible as some people. Yet, I have seen 300lb+ women bend over and touch their toes, but I can't. I doubt this means she is somehow fitter than me seeing as I am 5'3 and 113lbs.
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