This Simple Sitting Test May Help Predict How Long You’ll Live

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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Results of the Sitting-Rising Test

This test was conducted on 2002 adults between the ages of 51 and 80 (mostly men) with an average follow up of just over six years. Within this time there were 159 deaths and it was found that these deaths followed the pattern that the lower the SRT test score, the higher the mortality rate [1], each point lost on the SRT Test was found to equate to roughly 21% mortality.

Reasons for the SRT Test

In developing the SRT Test Claudio Gil Araujo felt that many tests to predict mortality were impractical, time-consuming and could be subject to error such as the clinician’s speed with the stop watch or the height of the chair used. Claudio wanted to find a way that took away these limitations and was accessible to everyone.

What This Test Teaches Us

According to the test ‘Musculoskeletal fitness, as assessed by SRT, was a significant predictor of mortality in 51-80 year old subjects.’


This means that by doing things to improve our musculoskeletal fitness we may be able to improve our life expectancy. Although this test was not done with younger subjects it is believed that the earlier it is done, the longer the person may have to improve their fitness levels and so increase their life expectancy. It encourages people to get active and get into shape.

The Sitting-Rising Test is a test that was developed by Claudio Gil Araujo to be accessible to everyone and a way of testing how good our musculoskeletal fitness levels are, which in turn has been seen to have a strong correlation to our mortality rates. By doing this test and getting a better understanding of our life expectancy it is hoped that we will take the necessary action to improve our lives and live longer.

Teste de Sentar e Levantar - TSL (English subtitles) Nov2011