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According to this simple test, I can expect to live until age 83.
While more accurate than a reading of my lifeline, the Death Clock hasn't been vetted research.
The Sitting-Rising Test (SRT), however, is backed by data that makes it a more persuasive predictor of longevity.
Published by Brazilian physician Claudio Gil Araujo in November of 2012, the research on SRT shows that a simple evaluation of having someone rise from a seated position on the floor demonstrates their longevity.
Why? The action requires balance, core strength and flexibility -- which are all markers of health that correlate with longevity. The more the person uses his or her hands, arms, or side of the leg to stand, the fewer points earned.
One summary of this study explains the results this way:
The researchers found that the vast majority of deaths were among people who had low SRT scores. The data showed someone with a top score (8-10) could expect to live about three years longer than a person of the same age, sex, and BMI in the poorest-scoring group (0-3).Here is a short video that explains the test, the scoring system and the health benefits of high scores:
Here is a longer video (in Portuguese with English subtitles) that gives a clearer demonstration of the point system used by evaluators:
If you have trouble rising from the floor, work with a personal trainer or a physical therapist to improve your core strength, balance and flexibility.
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