New Fitness Test for Adults Launched

WASHINGTON, DC -- The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports launched a new national fitness test for adults this week.

The adult fitness test is for people 18 and older who are in good health. The test involves a one-mile walk or a 1.5-mile run to test aerobic fitness, sit-ups or push-ups to test muscular strength and endurance, a sit-and-reach test to measure flexibility, and a body mass index test to assess body composition.

The run is not recommended for those who do not run for at least 20 minutes, three times a week. Push-ups are done until failure; sit-ups are done for one minute.

The online self-test is available at

“The adult fitness test has been adopted from the youth fitness test many of us remember taking in school,” says Melissa Johnson, executive director of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. “Now, adults have a test to measure their overall fitness and guide them toward a healthier, more active life.”

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