October 2018

Can you do this?

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Your score may be a predictor of life expectancy

Starting in 2002, A Brazilian study assessed over 2000 participants, ages 55-81, and followed them until 2011. They utilized a test called, “Sitting-Rising test” (pictured above). The goal is to go from a standing position to a sitting position and back up - without using your hands or knees for assistance. A point is subtracted each time a hand or knee is used or touches the floor. 10 points is a perfect score!

The study determined that those who scored 8 points or lower were TWO times more likely to die in the next 6 years; those who scored 3 points or less were FIVE times more likely.

Try it and see what you score! If you want to improve your score, start moving because those who are more active tend to score higher. They have more mobility - in other words, less cobwebs in their body.

Resources: Ability to sit and rise from the floor is closely correlated with all-cause mortality risk. European Society of Cardiology. 2012.

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