The simple exercise of sitting down and standing up again without holding onto anything, could suggest how long you have to live.
This is the belief of a group of physicians, who came up with the ‘sitting-rising test’ to measure their patients’ flexibility and strength.
They developed a scoring system for the test and found that people who scored three points or less out of 10, were more than five times as likely to die within six years, as those who scored more than eight points.
Claudio Gil Araujo, of Gama Filho University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was among the doctors who originally developed the sitting rising test (SRT) to quickly assess the flexibility of athletes, but he now uses it to persuade his patients that they need to stay active to maintain their muscle and balance, and live longer, Discover Magazine reported.
據《探索》雜志（Discover Magazine）報道，來自巴西里約熱內盧的伽馬·菲里奧大學（Gama Filho University）的克勞迪奧·吉爾·阿羅約醫生（Claudio Gil Araujo）是“坐立測試”（SRT）的初始研發者之一。那時做這個研發是為了快速評估運動員的柔韌度，但現在他將之用于說服患者經常運動以維持患者肌肉量、保持身體平衡，從而延長壽命。
As we age, our muscles tend to become weaker and a loss of balance means we are increasingly likely to fall.
Current ways to test frailty can be time-consuming, impractical and inaccurate for small doctors’ surgeries, but experts are keen to keep older people moving.
Dr Araujo says that anyone can take the SRT because no equipment is needed.
In a study, published in the European Journal of Cardiology, the researchers described how 2002 adults aged between 51 and 80 took the SRT at Clinimex Exercise Medicine Clinic in Rio.
在發表于歐洲期刊《心臟病學》（Cardiology）的一項研究中，研究人員描述了2002名成年人參與SRT測試的情況，此次測試者年齡分布在51歲到80歲之間，測試地點為里約熱內盧克林尼梅克斯運動醫學診所（Clinimex Exercise Medicine Clinic）。
They found that patients who scored fewer than eight points out of 10 on the test, were twice as likely to die within the next six years, compared with people with more perfect scores.
One point was deducted each time a person used their hand or knee for support to either sit down or stand up, while half a point was deducted for losing their balance.
The experts found that people who scored three points or fewer, were more than five times as likely to die within the same period.
They wrote in the study: ‘Musculoskeletal fitness, as assessed by SRT, was a significant predictor of mortality in 51–80-year-old subjects.’
The study found that every point increase in the test, was linked to a 21 per cent decrease in mortality from all causes.