Where does it mean to be fit?

  1. Ari Lamstein profile image83
    Ari Lamsteinposted 5 years ago

    Where does it mean to be fit?

    I've been exercising quite a bit lately, and I wonder if there are any objective standards that will allow me to say at some point that I am in "good shape".  When I looked online to find "fitness standards", the only thing that I could find was the Army Physical Fitness Test (http://bit.ly/PWsMgb). 

    That's a useful test, but I'm more interested in something that demonstrates that I have significantly decreased my odds of getting heart disease, cancer and diabetes.  That test really just says if I'm fit enough to be a soldier, which may or may not overlap with my own goals.


  2. BlissfulWriter profile image68
    BlissfulWriterposted 5 years ago

    If you want to know your risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular risk, diabetes, etc, here are a few measures to look at.

    1.  Hip to waist ratio (this is what some health insurance uses to access risk really quickly without a physical).

    2.  Homocysteine blood test.   Elevated homocysteine levels is associated with cardio-vascular disease, dementia, cancer, and stroke.

    3.  Hemoglobin A1c to test glucose tolerance and how diabetic one is.

    4.   Triglycerides over HDL ratio -- closer to 1 the better.   Ratio of 3 is high cardiovascular risk.

  3. teresapelka profile image54
    teresapelkaposted 5 years ago

    I know exercises for girls (made them me having been always a female) - hardly objective, I realize, but if could be of comparison

    http://teresapelka.hubpages.com/hub/Don … f-exercise