The Sitting-Rising Test

The following article was published in the Daily Mail recently.  I thought the headline was interesting so I read the article and then decided to have a little fun seeing how I did on the sitting-rising test (SRT).  I like little challenges like this and although I don’t put a lot of stock in this particular study, I was still interested to see how I’d do…and to see if Brother Death was looming close.

Not too interested in meeting Brother Death at the moment.

Not too interested in meeting Brother Death at the moment.

The exercise that predicts your DEATH: Struggling with ‘sitting-rising test’ means you’re 5 times more likely to die early

Physicians in Brazil developed the test to measure flexibility quickly
No equipment is needed to sit and stand without any support
People can score a maximum of 10 points, with 1 point deducted for putting a hand or leg for stability, and half a point docked for wobbling
Patients who scored fewer than eight points, were twice as likely to die within the next six years, compared with people with more perfect scores
Study claims that musculoskeletal fitness, as assessed by the simple test, can be used to predict death in 51–80-year-olds
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.

The simple exercise of sitting down and standing up again without holding onto anything, could suggest how long you have to live. 

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.

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.

See the sitting-rising test in action and find out what it means.

As we age, our muscles tend to become weaker and a loss of balance means we are increasingly likely to fall. Doctors are keen for older people to keep exercising – a stock image of a class in Florida is pictured

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.

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.

However, chartered physio-therapist Sammy Margo said that the exercise may be ‘quite ambitious’ for older people in the UK.

This is possibly because of cultural differences, because Britons are not used to regularly sitting on the floor, like in some other cultures. In this way, it may not be terribly accurate at predicting life expectancy.

She told MailOnline that there is a risk that people with early signs of arthritis in the knee could feel the strain when trying the exercise, which she described as ‘quite hard work’.

‘The advice is not to endorse the test – it sounds as if it is somewhat simplistic and it is not widely used,’ she said.

UK physiotherapists tend to prefer another test, where patients stand up from a sitting position and see how many times they can repeat the action in 30 seconds.

‘The “30 second chair test” is more appropriate and is used as a prognostic,’ she said.

‘It’s simplistic, quick and easy and gives a good indicator for falls.’

The test measures leg strength and endurance – which are needed to move around without falling – rather than flexibility and agility like the SRT.

Healthy people aged between 60 and 64 are expected to stand and sit more than 12 times for women and 14 times for men in 30 seconds. A good score for a 90 to 94-year-old is siting and standing more than seven times for man and four times for women.

While Ms Margo did not recommend the SRT, she said it does ‘address everything’ in terms of a person’s strength and flexibility.

Lucky for me I can do the SRT test with good results and I have video proof!  Perhaps that means I can hold off the Reaper for a while longer.  I think I’ll celebrate with some potato chips.  Mmmmmm……

 

10 responses

  1. I just turned 61 and I stood up from a sitting position 16 times in 30 seconds, and the second time I tried it, I stood up 20 times. This got my heart pumping! Can I have some chips now?

    1. Yes, yes! You get chips! You did really well on the sitting-rising test. Good job! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a great start to the New Year!

  2. Love your video. Always like seeing you and action. Such a lovely voice too. Happy Holidays Beautiful Lynn 🙂

    1. Hi Matt!! How are you these days? Working hard I’ll bet! I’m very silly as you can see in my videos but I do like new challenges. Remember the pushups I tried with my son on my back? I got down really well…but up was another story! I still can’t do it..and he’s getting heavier by the day. Maybe I need to borrow a little, light kid for the challenge…Maybe a 2 year old. Lol Have a wonderful Wednesday over there!

  3. Okay, you totally made the test unfair to yourself. It’s part strength, part balance. You hung the weight off your back where there’s almost no practical way to get it over your center of gravity. Hold the weight in your hands and try again. Better yet, do the test on one leg. BTW, I have one young friend, just a few years older than you, who, as a snowboarding madwoman, becomes airborne from a seated position and lands on both feet. Even though I’ve seen her do it, I have no idea how it’s even possible.

    1. Yes, I agree, it was unfair…therefore I will reward myself with MORE potato chips. Ha, ha….I did try the seated to airborne thing and couldn’t figure out how it was possible. My behind stayed firmly planted to the floor. The junk in the trunk was immoveable. Sending you wishes for a wonderful day (and great workouts for the rest of the week).

  4. Oh my goodness Lynn!!! You never cease to amaze me

    1. Hi Mess! I’m very silly, that’s for sure. I like those little challenges. If I can’t meet them, it gives me something to work towards. Sure hope you’re doing well and that you’re enjoying this wonderful time of year!

  5. Don’t let that age thing bother you too much. I was going to use a chair when I try this. LOL. Enjoy your potato chips, you earned them.

    1. Potato chips are an appropriate award for my efforts, right? Lol I love taking on little challenges like that just for fun. Hope you’re doing well. Happy Wednesday!

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