Want to know how long you will live? Take this sit-stand test and find out
Every one of us has the curiosity to know how much we are going to live. How much our age is?
Brazilian researcher Claudio Gil Araujo and his associates have the answer to that question. He and his associates have framed a very simple sitting and standing test to forecast how much longer adults who are aged 51-80 have left to live which can be done anywhere.
Araujo came up with the idea of the test after observing that many of his older patients have had to struggle with simple deeds of stability and strength. Simple things such as picking up something off the floor or getting up out of a chair became difficult for them. As equilibrium and conditioning problems can raise the risk of hazardous falls and accidents, Araujo doubted if a patient’s flexibility, balance and strength could be used as a yardstick of life expectancy.
1 How does the stand-sit test works?
The first step is to wear clothes that are flexible and comfortable. Wear no footwear and stand in a clear space with no obstructions. Then lower yourself towards the ground into a cross legged position and then try to stand up again.
Don’t lean on anything or try and grab onto anything while lowering yourself and raising yourself each time. Try and use our hands, knees, forearms or side of your legs for support. When you take any sort of support or help in order to raise or lower yourself, you lose one point and every time you lose balance you lose half a point. It takes five points to get up correctly and five points to lower yourself correctly.
The two rudimentary activities 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 deducted each time a hand or knee is used for support and 0.5 points detracted for loss of balance; this yields a single 10-point scale.
2 Results of the test
This Test was conducted on close to 2000 adults between the age of 51 and 80 of which mostly were men. The researchers followed up on the subjects after six years.
Within these six years, 159 people who participated in the studies passed away. Araujo found out the deaths followed a pattern that lower the standing-sitting test score, the higher the mortality rate. Each point lost on the test was equal to around 21% mortality rate.
3 Reasons for the Stand sit test
Claudio Gil Araujo saw that many tests that were formulated to predict mortality were simply not practical. He also found that the tests were time consuming, and were very susceptible to high level of error. A mistake by the clinician in starting or stopping the stop watches could jeopardise the data readings and ruin the whole study.
Claudio decided to take away every possibility of error and eliminate every limitation that came in such study. He wanted the exercise to be accessible to everyone and hence developed the standing-sitting test.
This test proved that by doing things to develop our musculoskeletal fitness, we can very well improve and increase our life expectancy.
Despite the fact that this test was not prepared and done with younger subjects, it is believed that the earlier it is done, the lengthier the person may have to improve their fitness levels and life expectancy. It inspires people to get energetic and get into form.