If you have trouble doing this, your life may be cut short…

It’s called the sitting rise test, or SRT. A Brazilian physician developed it. He wanted an easy, reliable way to let his patients know their life expectancies.

The test predicts your likelihood of falling in old age (falling leads to injury and death).

Here’s how to conduct the test:

  1. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Ask a friend to monitor you during the test.
  2. Stand upright in the middle of a room.
  3. Without using your arms or hands, cross your legs and squat down into a sitting position.
  4. Once you’re comfortable on the ground, get back up again… without using your arms or hands.
  5. Note how many times you falter and use an arm or knee for support.
sitting rise test

The maximum score for the test is 10 points (five points for sitting down without upper body assistance; five points for getting up without upper body assistance). Each time you “cheat” by using your arms or hands, subtract one point. Each time you lose balance or fluidity of motion, subtract half a point.

The test’s creator had 2,000 patients (aged 51 to 80) take the test. He found those who scored under eight points were twice as likely to die within the next six years. Those who scored three points or less were five times more likely to die over the same period.

You can learn more about the SRT, for free, right here.