The Sit Test

I’m not going to make any friends posting this. Oh, well.

Try this. Sit down on the floor then get back up. According to the study cited below, the number of body parts you use to assist yourself foretells how long you’ll live:

Here’s the study:
Ability To Sit And Rise From The Floor Is Closely Correlated With All-cause Mortality Risk, European Journal of Cardiology, December 2012

Researchers followed 2002 adults for 6.3 years. They asked them to sit and rise. A perfect score was 10 points – 5 points for sitting and 5 points for getting up without touching knees, legs, hands, or arms to the floor. Participants lost 1 point for each body part they leaned on. They lost a half point if they wobbled.

“A composite score below 8 (that is, requiring more than one hand or knee support to sit and rise from the floor in a stable way) were associated with 2–5 fold higher death rates over the 6.3 year study period. By contrast, scores in the range of 8–10 indicated a particularly low risk of death during the tracking period. “Even more relevant,” reported the investigators, “is the fact that a 1-point increment in the [sitting-rising] score was related to a 21% reduction in mortality.”

4 thoughts on “The Sit Test

  1. Bix Post author

    Up to 5-fold increased risk in just 6.3 years for a score under 8! Diet studies rarely have such high risk scores, especially over such short time frames.


  2. Melinda

    Yikes, I don’t think I could do this at my age today, though I was quite nimble when younger. (Haha, just tried it–got my posterior about 6 inches from the floor and fell onto it–had to put hands back to catch myself!)


    1. Bix Post author

      I can get down OK, but I need to lean on either my hand or my lower leg to rise. I tried a rocking motion to get me started but no luck. It’s harder than I thought.



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