The Sitting Rising Test: What is it?

Did you know that an inability to easily get yourself up and down from the floor is a sign of premature aging and even death? The Sitting Rising Test, developed by a Brazilian physician, predicts the risk of death in the next 5 years. Several follow-up studies have validated its sensitivity.

In 2016, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh published a study where they followed 2,002 people ages 51-80 over an average of 6.3 years. At the beginning of the study, each volunteer was asked to perform the Sitting Rising Test. In other words, sit on the floor and get up without using hands, knees or other body parts for support. Volunteers were scored on a 10 point scale, 10 being the highest and 0 the lowest.

During the six years of the study, 159 volunteers died. Most of the deaths occurred in the group with the lowest scores on the Sitting Rising Test. The scores below reflect mortality risk during the study period:

  • Score 0-3 = 6.5 times
  • Score 3.5-5.5 = 3.8 times
  • Score 6-7.4 = 1.8 times
  • Score 8-10 = 0 times

The research also found that for every point a person moved up the scale, their risk of death over the 6 years was reduced by 21 percent!

Are you a perfect 10?

Try the Sitting Rising Test at home. Videos are available on YouTube. If you score below an 8, seek help from a physical therapist.

You may be wondering how such a simple test could be so predictive of death. It takes strength, balance, coordination, cardiovascular fitness and flexibility to perform this test. An inability to perform the test indicates your body may be failing in one or more of these areas. Imagine how this impacts your daily life.

I always talk to my clients about the “slope” of the line with aging. I ask questions about how long they’d like to live, what they want to be doing, and how they want to feel. If you are 50 now and can’t do the Sitting Rising Test, then how hard will it be at 70…..if you make it that long!

We can’t avoid aging and it is a downhill process. We can, however, make the slope of that line more gradual. If you are not a perfect 10 performing the Sitting Rising Test, then do something about it. Spend time with your physical therapist building strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and cardiovascular health. A longer life is worth the effort!