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Simple Sitting Test Predicts How Long You’ll Live

Ever wondered how long you will live? A doctor in Brazil invented a test that helps predict your risk of dying in the next five years. The good news is you can try it at home.It’s a question we often ponder, especially as we age: How many years do I have left?

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Well, thanks to Brazilian physician Claudio Gil Araujo, there’s now a simple test you can perform right at home, in just a few seconds, that could predict how many years you have left to live, according to Discover. His idea was that patients might be more motivated to get in better shape if they had a more tangible way of conceptualizing how their overall health was being affected by their conditioning.

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If a patient is simply told to get in shape, they’re not likely to change their behavior. But if they’re told “if you don’t get into better shape, you could be dead in five years,” they’re apt to take notice.The sitting-rising test is an easy-to-administer test which provides a significant and efficient prediction of mortality risk in elders.



It was initially developed in the 1990s. In one study of subjects between the ages of 51 and 80, those who had the lowest score range were 5-6 times more likely to die within the study period (about 6 years) than those in the group with the highest scores.

Watch the video below to perform the sitting test at home:

Humans are supposed to be able to sit cross-legged on the ground and work on the ground.  If your body is lacking range of motion, you run the risk of getting hurt. A movement imbalance generally leads to some type of injury over time. It’s not just about standing instead of sitting. It’s about keeping your body flexible.