Simple Test Predicts Longevity

If you are below 50 years old, you can probably do this test easily. It’s a simple assessment that will test your musculoskeletal fitness. Although, designed for middle-age and older, anyone can try it. Getting a prefect score on this one suggests you have longer healthy years to come.

This simple test had 2,000 volunteers between the age of 51 and 80 with 6.3 years to prove it really works. Are you ready to try this simple test? You can actually do it anywhere.

If in the previous years, physicians are known to use the chair as a tool to measure our lower body strength, this new approach takes it significantly farther. This time, using the floor instead of a chair predicts the overall health of a person with accurate results.

This study, published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention, involves testing of one’s ability to sit down and stand back up using the floor to measure overall health,as well as, mortality risk.

This study was performed in Brazil in 2002 by Dr. Claudio Gil Araujo, rendering significant results with 6.3 years of careful observation.

How to Perform this Simple Test of Longevity

This sitting-rising test doesn’t depend on speed of movement or support from others. It is safe, completely manual, and doesn’t require any equipment – it’s a completely do-it-yourself test. Watch this short video on how to do it and how to score your performance:

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Over a period of six years, 159 subjects were reported to have died, 157 of them with low test scores and 2 who passed the test with flying colors. While your usually daily activities may contribute to the passing or failing of this test, it strongly suggests that having a good muscle strength and a flexible body will contribute to living longer.

Having said that, a good regular exercise is the clear solution to pass this test and get higher scores, although, exercise is not complete without pampering oneself with healthy foods as well.


If you can sit down and stand back up with the help of only one hand or without any support other than your feet, you’ll have a better survival chances than the one who can’t do it. Since, this is the first recorded sitting-rising test, it may need improvements in the future to get more accurate results.