This simple sitting test could predict how long you will live

Baby boomers take note. If you struggle with this test it is time to get in and see us to kickstart your health and fitness.

If you have trouble performing this test, your life could be cut short.


It’s a question we often ponder, especially as we age: How many years do I have left? 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.

Araujo came up with the test after noticing that many of his patients, especially older ones, often have difficulty with simple feats of balance and strength, such as picking up something off the floor or getting up out of a chair. Since balance and conditioning problems are known to increase the risk of dangerous falls and accidents (and can also harm cardiovascular health), he wondered if a patient’s flexibility, balance and strength could be used as a measure of life expectancy.

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. 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.
Of course, the test also needed to be simple. If it required expensive equipment or measuring devices, the test probably wouldn’t be accessible to many people. So Araujo and colleagues developed the sitting-rise test, or SRT. It requires no equipment whatsoever and can be performed in seconds.
In fact, you can grab a friend try the test out yourself right now. It’s recommended that you wear loose or comfortable clothing. Begin by standing upright in the middle of a room. Without using your arms or hands for leverage, carefully squat into a cross-legged sitting position. Once you’re comfortable, attempt to stand back up from the sitting position — again, without using your arms for help. A simple illustration (above), provided by Discover, can help you to visualize the steps.

The test is scored on a point scale between 1 and 10 (5 points for sitting, 5 more points for standing back up). Each time you use an arm or knee for help in balancing during the test, you subtract one point from 10 possible points. Half a point is subtracted each time you lose balance, or when the fluidity of the feat becomes clumsy.

It seems like a pretty rudimentary test of conditioning, but Araujo found that it could predict life expectancy with alarming accuracy. He tested it on more than 2,000 of his patients aged 51 to 80, and found that people who scored less than 8 points on the test 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 within that same time period. Overall, each point achieved in the test accounted for a 21-percent decrease in mortality.
Araujo’s study was only performed on patients older than 50, so the results won’t mean the same thing for younger individuals taking the test. But regardless of your age, the test should provide a useful benchmark for your overall health. If you’re younger than 50 and have trouble with the test, it ought to be a wake-up call. The good news is that the younger you are, the more time you have to get into better shape.

Gait Scan

Gaitscan™ – Facts and Figures


  • A person Walks an average of 8000 to 10000 steps per day
  • The average person will walk over 100, 000 in their lifetime, or more than 4 trips around the world
  • A person places 500,000 Kilos of pressure on their feet in a lifetime
  • 25% of all of the bones in your body are in your feet
  • More than 75% of people will experience foot problems in their lifetime

What Is Gaitscan™

Gaitscan™ is state of the art computer hardware and software that helps your Physiotherapist assess and analyze your feet. This analysis combined with the physiotherapists experience and knowledge, detects abnormal foot function which maybe affecting your feet or other parts of your body

Why is Gaitscan™ so important?

Your foot is in contact with the ground for about 0.8 of a second when walking and about 0.25 of a second when running. Imagine trying to assess normal/faulty foot function with the naked eye in a quarter of a second?


This is too difficult for even the most experienced practitioner.
The Gaitscan™ system records your timing sequences during Gait as you walk or run across the pressure plate. This enables your Physiotherapist to have a clear picture of your foot mechanics and determine whether your gait is the root cause of your pain.

What do my feet have to do with it?

Your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body. Like the foundations of your house, your feet support everything above them. When a small problem develops in your feet, a subtle change in the way you walk will cause a chain reaction of adjustments in your posture and walking mechanics. This could be the root cause of pain in your feet, ankles, knees, hips, pelvis or lower back.

What will happen during my assessment?


The assessment takes 10 minutes and will involve the our Physiotherapist taking a thorough history, an analysis of your lower limb bio-mechanics and completion of the Gaitscan™. This will produce the information needed to ensure that the treatment plan is made specific to your needs.

What will the treatment involve?

The treatment will be specific to you, and could include home exercises, joint and soft tissue mobilisations or prescription orthotics.

What are prescription Orthotics?

Prescription orthotics look like insoles, but are bio-mechanical medical devices that are custom made to correct yourspecific foot imbalance. Orthotics work on your feet by reducing the stress and strain on your body by bringing your feet back in to proper alignment.
Orthotics fit in to your footwear as comfortably as an insole, but with the precision that makes them specific to you. There are a number of different styles to aid with different footwear and your physiotherapist will discuss these with you prior to ordering.

Where are the orthotics made?

Once the scan has been completed and if we decide that prescription orthotics are the correct form of treatment, the scan is sent electronically to Canada. They are milled to precision and returned for fitting in approximately 2-3 weeks. The physiotherapist will contact you once they have arrived and book you in for a fitting appointment to test and discuss the correct way to wear the orthotics over the initial few weeks.


How Can Physiotherapy Help You

What is physiotherapy?


Physiotherapists are autonomous, primary health care professionals considered to be experts in movement. They are trained to assess and treat movement dysfunction in people of all ages from children right through to the elderly.

Today’s physiotherapist is well positioned to help with a whole spectrum of health challenges. As primary care practitioners a doctors referral is not required to see a physiotherapist in the private sector.

Physiotherapists are registered under the Allied Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA), an umbrella organisation which registers some 580,000 health professionals over a dozen health care professions including nurses, midwives, occupational therapists and dentists.

Physiotherapists can help to manage acute injuries such as ankle sprains, knee, hip or shoulder injuries and chronic conditions like arthritis, back pain, diabetes and heart disease. This list is by no means exhaustive, but gives an idea of the broad range of conditions that a physiotherapist may be able to assist with.

Education is an integral part of the work of a physiotherapist, and with the increasing epidemic of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and obesity, health promotion and injury prevention are often the key focus of therapy.

A growing body of research supports physiotherapy for the management of many musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. In addition to a growing evidence base, high standards of tertiary education have paved the way for a work force of Australian physiotherapists that are well equipped to provide the consumer with the right treatment and advice.

When Should I See a Physiotherapist?

Whether you have back pain, neck pain, injury to the upper or lower limb, diagnosis of a chronic disease, incontinence or a history of falls, a physiotherapist can help you with your rehabilitation needs.

A course of physiotherapy treatment may help to reduce your pain, restore or maintain movement or strength, and improve mobility and function.

During the first consultation with your physiotherapist they will perform a thorough initial assessment and may look at range of motion and flexibility of your joints, muscle strength and recruitment, posture and alignment of your upper and lower limbs and spine.

Based on the assessment findings your physiotherapist will develop a customised, evidence based treatment program that is specific to your needs. Your physiotherapist will guide you through the rehabilitation process step by step to restore as much of your function as possible. No matter whether your injury is acute or more of a longstanding issue a physiotherapist can work with you to achieve the best possible outcome.

Even those without injury who are simply seeking to increase general health and fitness can benefit from physiotherapy. A physiotherapist can set you up with a home exercise program, facilitate community exercise sessions (or refer you to an appropriate service), teach Pilates exercise classes or guide you with your organised sport (netball, football, soccer) or gym program.

The modern age has created a somewhat sedentary workforce, with increasing numbers of people seeking physiotherapy services for posture-related injury caused by occupational hazards. Physiotherapists can help to optimise work place ergonomics, prescribe ‘pause’ exercises and provide manual therapy to help reduce pain and stiffness.

Taking the First Step….

Have you been suffering with back pain, neck pain or joint stiffness? There is no need to put up with it any longer! Call and speak to the friendly staff at Austral New Age Physiotherapy.

During your initial appointment you can talk to your physiotherapist about what services you need. You may require a ‘hands on’ manual therapy treatment, or a few simple but highly effective home exercises. They will work with you one on one to determine your goals, and help you to get back on track and feeling healthy in no time!