If you can do this simple test, it’s a good sign of your fitness level. If you fail, you may need to exercise.
This is such a simple test that you can do today with a set of stairs and it may reveal more about your longevity than anything else. It has to do with your current fitness level and how well you respond to stressors in your life.
An excerpt from Today:
“How people perform on an exercise test that requires them to move very briskly can predict their risk of premature death from heart disease, cancer and other causes, a study presented at a meeting of the European Society of Cardiology found.
“Those with good exercise capacity — capable of high levels of physical exertion, say, on a treadmill — had less chance of dying early of any cause.
“The participants in the study underwent an exercise echocardiogram, but there’s a much easier method to check your exercise capacity in a similar way: See if you can climb four flights of stairs at a fast pace — in under a minute — without having to stop, said Dr. Jesús Peteiro, the study author and a cardiologist at University Hospital A Coruña in A Coruña, Spain.
“If you can do it, you have good functional capacity. If not, it’s a sign you need more exercise, he noted. Peteiro wasn’t surprised by his study’s findings.”
In just 60 seconds you can find out your fitness level or your longevity level. If you can do this test in 60 seconds your cardiovascular system has capacity to endure stressors over the course of your life. The better the level, the longer the status of longevity.
You can build your fitness level by a simple program of high intensity interval training. In less than 10 minutes several days a week you can boost your energy level, improve fat-burning, improve your metabolism, and improve your cardiovascular system.