Measure Your STRESS FITNESS and Discover your StressType

This assessment tool was developed and tested on more than 7,400 research subjects over a period of 32 years and is accurate in determining both your level of Stress Fitness and your specific StressType.  (Dr. Derek Lee has exclusive permission from the Canadian Institute of Stress to use this test).

Stress Fitness:

This part of the test measures your internal “stress fitness”.  It takes into account your genetics, your lifestyle habits, in addition to how your learned skills help or hinder your ability to cope with stressors of variable intensity.

Your Stress Fitness number is the result when you divide your personal output (career achievements, peak experiences, feeling of self-esteem, satisfying personal relationships) by your personal input (the amount of stress energy you spend to get these rewards)

Your Stress Fitness number will yield 2 key findings:

  1. First, the higher a person’s level of chronic stress, the more rapidly they age. Each of the biomarkers of aging we have studied are highly sensitive to the wear and tear exerted by too much stress for too long. 
  2. Second, a very high stress fitness number produces an unusually young body – which means a very slow rate of aging.

Over time, it is your ability to manage stress which determines the pace at which you age.

High rate of aging = low stress fitness number

Slow rate of aging = high stress fitness number

Whatever your score on the following test, you can raise your stress fitness number dramatically.


Additionally, this test will also reveal your dominant StressType and how they handle stress differently:

  1. Speed Freak
  2. Worry Wart
  3. Drifter
  4. Loner
  5. Cliff Walker
  6. Basket Case

While many individuals will have one dominant StressType, others may have a combination of several.  After you complete the test, in addition to discovering your StressType(s), we’ll also give you more in depth information including:

  1. Which two skills are proven to help them best control their stress
  2. Root causes that make them tick
  3. Plus, key actions resulting in lower stress and slower aging.


Answer all the questions as honestly as you can, giving the answer that best describes you. Your
answers are Confidential. The more honest you are, the more accurate your results will be.


Write a number in the blank at the left of each statement below, based on the frequency scale provided.  How frequently has each of the following statements been true about you during the past year?
(Use all the numbers. For example, use 1 to express “almost never” and 7 to express a frequency between “occasionally” and “frequently.”)

  • 0 = never
  • 1
  • 2 = rarely
  • 3
  • 4 = infrequently
  • 5
  • 6 = occasionally
  • 7
  • 8 = frequently
  • 9
  • 10 = very frequently

Be honest with yourself. As you go through the statements, try to avoid looking like Superman or Wonder Woman or like a total wreck unless your situation truly warrants it. Use your best judgement.  Your honest first thought is usually the most accurate.

Select one number in the blank to the left of each statement.

I feel used up at the end of the day.

I wish I could be as happy as other people seem to be.

I try to do two or three things at once, rather than taking one thing at a time.

If I could stop worrying so much, I would accomplish a lot more.

I don"t seem to get the same kind of lasting satisfaction that I used to from the time I spend with friends.

I feel low on energy, exhausted, tired, or unable to get things done.

I feel that many people see me as being a lot more successful than I really feel I have been.

I tend to hold my feelings inside, rather than expressing them openly.

When something difficult or stressful is coming up, I find myself thinking about all the ways things can go poorly for me.

I don"t feel really close to or accepted by the people around me, both family and friends.

I tire quickly.

I feel that my leisure time and recreational life don"t express the really creative side of me.

I tend to anticipate others in conversation (interrupting, finishing sentences for the other person), rather than listening well and letting the other person finish speaking.

Whenever I try to put a worrisome thought out of my mind, it comes right back.

I don"t handle conflicts or disagreements with people as well as I"d like to.

I get the flu or a cold.

The ways I organize and use my time aren"t a very accurate reflection of my interests.

I get uneasy when I"m waiting.

Decisions are hard for me because I spend a lot of time wondering if I"ve thought of all the alternatives.

I feel I should be spending more time with my family.

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Test results will be sent to the submitted email address.

Interpreting Your Scores


Your Stress Fitness Number

When you add up your five StressType scores and subtract that number from 200, the result is
your Stress Fitness Number. The higher your number, the more “fit-for-stress” you are, the more
slowly your body is aging, and the more energy and vitality you have.

As a first step, your Stress Fitness Number can be interpreted as placing you in one of three broad

  1. 145 + Positive: Build on strengths.
  2. 81 to 144 Early Warning Signs: Take preventive measures.
  3. 0 to 80 Elevated Risk: Take corrective action now.


Your 5 StressType Scores

Each of the five StressType scores can range from 0, meaning that you bear no resemblance to
that StressType, to 40, meaning that you are a classic, “textbook” example of that StressType. For
each Stresstype, your score will place you in one of three groups:

Range of Scores for Your StressType

  1. 0 to 16 Positive: Build on strengths.
  2. 17 to 26: Early Warning Signs: Take preventive measures.
  3. 16 and up: Elevated Risk: Take corrective action now.

Note: Your highest scoring StressType is your “dominant Stresstype” … the one most impairing
your Stress Fitness Number.