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Adult Fitness Tests?

Raise your hand if you received a Presidential Physical Fitness Award in high school. No? Well, don't worry about it. Now an adult fitness test is being introduced by the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, so it's kind of like a second chance. No, you won't get a certificate signed by the President, but you'll be able to see where you rank among people of the same age, which is so much better, right?

The test involves three basic components: aerobic fitness, muscular strength, and flexibility. It was created to inspire people over 18 to keep moving. Hey, I'll support anything that gets people to exercise.

The test includes four parts: a one mile walk or 1.5 mile run, all you can do push-ups, one minute of half sit-ups, and an exercise called the sit-and-stretch, to measure flexibility. All four scores can be entered online, as well as the person's gender, age, height, and weight. The test isn't meant to be a competition, but rather it can allow people to have a baseline to work with. Then they can continue to exercise regularly and measure their level of fitness based on their previous scores. What do you think about this test? Is it something you would do?

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smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
Crap! That comment was supposed to go in another post. Ah well, I am not so smart today. What I meant to say here was: I never understood the point of the sit-and-reach test. All it does is measure how long your legs are in relation to the rest of your body. People with longer torsos and shorter legs are automatically at an advantage with this test.
smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
Always. Because if my DOCTOR underestimates how much I weigh (I build muscle easily and love to lift weights and he thought I weighed about 15 pounds less than I really do), I can lie about it.
Geisha-Runner Geisha-Runner 9 years
I would so do it! Sounds like a great idea!
kia kia 9 years
I'd do it. It seems simple enough to be accessible by a broad range of people. I hope there are directions for the sit-n-reach without the box that TidalWave mentioned.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Ok, so back in middle school/high school when we had to do these, I NEVER passed any of these stupid tests. I was a fat, out-of-shape weakling that couldn't do ANYTHING. Of course, I always got teased and stuff, so now that I could actually kick some butt on these tests, I'd totally do them so I could prove my HS gym teacher wrong (he told me that by the time I was 25, I'd weigh 300 lbs. Boy was he EVER wrong).
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
CollegeGirl CollegeGirl 9 years
Oops! Smileys didn't work... Sorry!
CollegeGirl CollegeGirl 9 years
Didn't like the test when I was in school... don't think I want to take it now! :p :TREAD:
luvhouse07 luvhouse07 9 years
I HATED that fitness award... one year I tried so hard on all of them, qualified for all, and missed on the sit and reach because my legs were still sore from running the mile. Damn that cardboard box.... :P
alethia037 alethia037 9 years
I would totally do this!
Bisque Bisque 9 years
TidalWave, back in high school, they measured are sit and reach with yardsticks. I'm not familiar with how other countries do it, but maybe it could work for everyone? :)
levi1 levi1 9 years
Oh the pain of not receiving that reward in the 7th grade. . . I remember it well, and missing it on arm strength. And I remember coveting my friend Cathie's Award. I redoubled my efforts the next year and it was all worth while. Just the name, The President's Physical Fitness Award was music to my ears. I think it is still my favorite. Yes, I am feeling sheepish to admit I am still into lining up and testing myself. . .BTW what is the standards does anyone know. Like how fast for the run?
doogirl doogirl 9 years
I am very interested in finding out how I rank in fitness! I'm in training for a 10K, so it would be very helpful!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I too like to see how I measure up. I may not be as skinny as some of those girls at the gym, but I bet I'm stronger. haha
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
I would do this. I like to have a measure to see how I compare with other adults and where I should be for my age.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
how can i measure my sit-and-reach without one of those little boxes we used in gym class?
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