Simple sitting test could predict how long you will live
A single physical movement could be an indicator of longevity, according to research out of Brazil.
It is called the sitting-rising test, or SRT, which was developed by Dr. Claudio Gil Araujo and colleagues as a simple way to show a person's fitness level.
The SRT involves a participant sitting down and standing back up without the help of any equipment.
During the activity, a score out of 10 is assessed, with a point getting deducted for each time a hand or knee is used as leverage and half a point subtracted for a loss of balance.
A study from 2012 found that, of the 2,000-plus, 51 to 80-year-old patients who performed the test, those with lower scores were more likely to die within 6 years than their higher scoring counterparts.
Dr. Araujo has pointed out that the movement incorporates important physical capabilities like balance, strength, and flexibility.
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