Claudio Gil Araujo and his associates formulated a really simple sitting test to predict how much longer adults aged 51-80 have left to live which can be done anywhere.
This test was recently released in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology and has been reported on Discover Magazine.
How The Sitting-Rise Test Works
The first step is to use comfortable clothes and be barefoot, then stand in a clear area without any objects near you. Lower yourself to the floor, into a cross-legged position then stand back up again.
You should not lean on anything while lowering or raising yourself and each time you use your hands, knees, forearms or side of your legs for assistance or to help raise or lower yourself you lose one point and whenever you lose balance you lose half a point. It takes five points to get up correctly and 5 points to lower yourself correctly.
- Stand in comfortable clothes in your bare feet, with clear area around you.
- Without leaning on anything, lower yourself to a sitting position on the floor.
- Now stand back up, trying not to use your hands, knees, forearms or sides of your legs.
The two standard movements in the sitting-rising test– lowering to the floor and standing back up– are each scored on a 1-to-5 scale, with one point subtracted each time a hand or knee is used for assistance and 0.5 points subtracted for loss of balance; this yields a single 10-point scale.