Doesn't getting your personal level of health and fitness require tons of lengthy tests? Not if you just want to get a pretty good idea.
Your Fitness Tested In 5 SecondsThe last time I had my fitness and health measured, I had to visit my doctor before work to drop in a blood sample, and on another day do a stress ECG and get my aerobic capacity measured via a VO2 max test.All this takes time, lots of time. Not to mention that visiting my doctor at 8 am in fasted state is not very high on my list of fun things to do.To at least give you an idea where you are standing, a recent discovery by Swedish researchers can help. They found that your maximum step-up height is pretty closely related to a number of health factors: general fitness, aerobic capacity, waist circumference and body weight.
How To Test ItThe Swedes built a €1,500 machine to measure this as accurately as possible, but you won't need to. All you need to have is a solid object to step up on:
- If you are male, you should be able to step up on an object at least 35 cm (13 1/3 inches) high
- If you are a woman, it should be 32 cm (12 1/2 inches)
- If you can't manage at least 24 cm (9 1/2 inches) it's time to do something about your health