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3 Fitness Tests to Assess Your General Fitness and Health Risks

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  • Carrying excess weight around your midsection is a potent risk factor for many chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. A height-to-waist ratio and/or a waist-to-hip ratio test can assess your risk
  • If you cannot hold an abdominal plank position for at least two minutes, you’re likely lacking in core strength, which is important for overall movement stability and strength
  • The sitting-rising test (SRT), which measures how well you rise from a seated position on the floor, may help predict your longevity
  • One of the keys to optimal health is to remain as active as you can, all day long. If your work involves sitting most of the day, make it a point to stand up every 10-15 minutes to counteract the ill effects of sitting

By Dr. Mercola

There's something to be said for starting at the beginning when setting health and fitness goals. Taking your current status into account will help you set more realistic goals, thereby boosting your chances of success.


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