Test Your Teen's Fitness Level

What's the best way to see if kids are fit? A review of 72 studies published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests a couple of field tests that anyone can perform. According to researchers, the best test of cardiovascular fitness is a 20 meter shuttle run between cones. For musculoskeletal fitness they recommend a hand grip strength test. Estimates of body composition are best determined by a combination of BMI and skin fold thickness tests.

True Strength Moment: Just performing the first two tests is a pretty good start on a cardio/resistance workout. And running these tests as a family could be a great way to introduce exercise to children. Make a game out of it, and make up some other 'tests' as you go. Even if they aren't the most accurate measures of fitness, they'll be fun to perform in friendly competitions at the park or in your gym.
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