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