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.
据《探索》杂志（Discover Magazine）报道，来自巴西里约热内卢的伽马·菲里奥大学（Gama Filho University）的克劳迪奥·吉尔·阿罗约医生（Claudio Gil Araujo）是“坐立测试”（SRT）的初始研发者之一。那时做这个研发是为了快速评估运动员的柔韧度，但现在他将之用于说服患者经常运动以维持患者肌肉量、保持身体平衡，从而延长寿命。
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.
在发表于欧洲期刊《心脏病学》（Cardiology）的一项研究中，研究人员描述了2002名成年人参与SRT测试的情况，此次测试者年龄分布在51岁到80岁之间，测试地点为里约热内卢克林尼梅克斯运动医学诊所（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.