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Health Is Not Defined by Fat and Skinny. Test These Metrics Instead.

Health Is Not Defined by Fat and Skinny. Test These Metrics Instead.

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Your Level of Fitness

Research suggests four leading indicators that together assess our fitness:

  1. aerobic health
  2. muscular strength and endurance
  3. flexibility
  4. body composition

Being skinny is not the same as being healthy. A 2008 study suggests you can be fat and fit...

Aerobic Health

First, find your resting heart rate. The typical healthy adult's resting heart rate should be between 60 and 100 beats per minute.

Then test your heart rate while doing aerobic activity. The numbers are different depending on your age. For example, a 25-year-old's target heart rate falls be...

Muscular Strength and Endurance

There are two types of muscular fitness assessments:

  1. Muscular-endurance tests assess the ability to resist fatigue.
  2. Muscular-strength tests assess the maximum amount of force an individual can produce in a specified number of repetitions.

Flexibility

Flexibility demonstrates an individual’s overall health profile because it tells the story of joint, muscle and tissue health. Regular stretching can help lessen the natural decrease in flexibility.

Check how flexible you are: Sit down with your legs out; line up the bottom of your feet wit...

Measure your waist just above the hipbones. According to the Mayo Clinic, women with a waist circumference of 35 inches or more and men with waist circumferences of 40 inches or greater are at greater risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Another way is to use a BMI c...

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