Well, a Brazilian team of doctors led by Claudio Gil Araujo has developed a simple test that gives a good indication of how fit someone really is. It is very simple and it requires no equipment or skill to do this test.
A study has shown that those who perform poorly on the test have a higher mortality rate than those who complete it easily. Where do you fit on the scale and what could that mean for your potential longevity?
The Sitting-Rising Test
- With your hands straight in front of you lower yourself to the floor without using your hands or knees. Then sit on the floor with your legs crossed.
- Now try to rise up from the ground without using your arms again, only your legs.
The test looks at a person’s ability to sit down and stand up without any help. The maximum score is 10, 5 points for sitting to the ground without assistance, and 5 for getting up again without holding onto anything.
You will lose 1 point each time you used your hand, knee, forearm and 0.5 is subtracted each time there is a loss of balance.
The outcome of the number you get on your score could indicate how healthy you are and also how long you might live for.
- Good = 8-10
- Fair = 3.5-7.5
- Poor = 0-3