A simple sitting and standing
test can determine your longevity, says a new study.
The test which was carried out by Dr. Claudio Gil Araujo
and his team at the Clinimex-Exercise Medicine Clinic in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, evaluates a person's ability to sit on the floor and rise, unaided.
This study basically helps to evaluate the musculo-skeletal fitness of a
During the study, Araujo and his
colleagues assessed more than 2,000 middle-aged men and women in the year 2002
and followed them up for approximately six years or until they died.
Before the test, the subjects
were given the following simple instructions, "Without worrying about the speed
of movement, try to sit and then to rise from the floor, using the minimum
support that you believe is needed."
The study revealed that those who
could lift themselves up easily from the floor without aid had the ability to
carry out a wide range of daily activities such as bending over to pick an
object from under a table.
During the course of study, those
who raised themselves from the floor with the help of their hand or knee had
lower scores and a were found to have a two-fold higher death rate when
assessed over a six-year period while those with higher scores had a lower
death risk during the study period.
It has always been known that
aerobic fitness is strongly related to increased survival but this study has
helped to reveal that increased levels of body flexibility, muscle strength,
power-to-body weight ratio and co-ordination are important, not just for
performing daily activities but also for survival.
Musculo-skeletal fitness is vital
to your overall health and longevity. So do what it takes to maintain your
fitness, for a longer and healthier life.
The result of the study has been published in the European Journal of