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The Healthy Programmer by Joe Kutner

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Unit-Testing Your Fitness

The five tests listed next are designed to measure each of the dimensions of fitness. They are based on the adult version of the Presidential Physical Fitness Test.[164] We’ll discuss how to carry them out and what your goals should be. Later in the chapter, we’ll discuss how to get better at them. Let’s begin with the one you’ve been dreading since grade school—it’s not as bad as you remember.

1.5 Mile Walk/Run Test

For this test, you’ll need to mark out a 1.5-mile (2.4-km) course. You can do this with the odometer on your car, or you can just use a treadmill. You’ll also need a stopwatch. During the test, walk at a brisk speed or run if you feel capable. In either case you’ll get the best result by keeping your pace ...

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