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The Half Sit-Up Test

One of the most frequently measured muscle groups is the abdominal (stomach) muscles. Several tests (for example, sit-up and curl-up tests) have been developed to measure mainly abdominal muscular strength and endurance. We are going to use an abdominal muscular strength and endurance test called the “YMCA Half Sit-Up” test, which is a curl-up test …

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Am I healthy enough to take the test?

The risk associated with exercise or exercise testing varies with a person’s health status. Exercise testing performed on healthy adults results in a low number of abnormal cardiovascular events, such as dizziness, fainting, irregular heartbeats, and sometimes, heart attack. The same tests performed on adults with some diseases or risk factors for diseases place them …

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Body Composition

Body Mass Index (BMI): BMI is a number that is based on a person’s weight and height. It can be used to identify people at risk for some health problems. 1 Higher BMI values indicate greater weight per unit of height. BMI is related to the risk of disease and death. The score is valid for both men …

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The Sit-and-Reach Test

Alert! If you have low-back pain, doing this test may aggravate your condition.Equipment/Test SettingTape measure or yardstick and tape and a partner to help record your score.DirectionsPerform a series of static stretches. These stretches should focus on stretching the trunk and legs. Following the stretches, you may also want to do some brisk walking.Place a …

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Aerobic Fitness

Aerobic fitness is also known as cardiovascular fitness. It relates to the heart, blood vessels, and lungs working together to deliver oxygen-rich blood to the muscles during exercise. A high level of aerobic fitness is associated with lower risks of several diseases, including high blood pressure and coronary heart disease.To measure aerobic fitness, perform either …

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