Monday, May 26, 2008

Presidental Fitness Test - How Good Are You?

Remember the Presidential Fitness Test we had to go through while in middle school? Get ready for the latest test, except it is for adults. The Presidental Fitness Test for Adults was unveiled in May and covers the following:

  • The test involves three basic components: aerobic fitness, muscular strength and flexibility. The test is for people 18 and older who are in good health.
  • The aerobic component of the tests consists of a one-mile walk or 1.5-mile run. The run is not recommended for those who don't run for at least 20 minutes, three times a week.
    Push-ups and half sit-ups make up the strength test. The push-ups are done until failure. The sit-ups are done for one minute.
  • A stretching exercise called the "sit-and-reach" is used to measure flexibility.
    The scores from all four of the fitness tests can be entered online. Other information, such as age, gender, height and weight are also part of the equation.
  • You won't get a presidential certificate, but the results will then show where you rank among people of the same age. For example, if someone scores in the 75th percentile for push-ups, that means 75 percent of the scores fall below your score.
How healthy do you think you are?

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