Experient Health Details How to Test Fitness Levels in Latest Post in Living Well Blog Series

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Testing fitness levels includes aerobic fitness, muscle strength, flexibility and measuring size and weight.

Experient Health has experienced professionals who help guide individuals through buying an Individual Health Insurance Plan.

Making resolutions for 2014 that include losing weight and getting fit? Experient Health recommends in its latest Blog post in a living well series on its web site to test fitness levels first to determine where health could improve.

Experient Health, the health insurance arm of the Virginia Farm Bureau, launched a Live Well, Work Well Blog series on its web site this year to help clients and the community stay healthy.

To get started with testing fitness levels, Experient Health recommends logging on to http://www.adultfitnesstest.org for directions on how to perform each step of the challenge.

The first component of the test measures aerobic fitness and "how well your heart, blood vessels and lungs work together to deliver blood to your muscles during exercise. A high level of aerobic fitness lowers your risk of several diseases, including coronary heart disease and high blood pressure."

Testing aerobic fitness includes a one-mile walk on a treadmill or track and a one and a half mile run on a treadmill (at zero incline) or on a track.

Much like grade school fitness tests, muscle strength and endurance is tested with sit ups and push ups, flexibility with the sit and reach test and body composition with the body mass index (BMI).

Measure height and weight and then log into http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/ to calculate BMI. Those with a BMI under 18.5 are underweight; those between 18.5 and 24.9 are normal weight; those between 25 and 29.9 are overweight; those between 30 and 39.9 are obese; and those greater than 40 are extremely obese.

Read the full entry on fitness tests and how to reach your physical goals in the Experient Health Blog post on how to "Test Your Fitness Level."

Learn more about healthy living in the Experient Health Blog series on living well.


For years, Experient Health, a Virginia Farm Bureau company, has helped people find the right insurance coverage and get the most for their health care dollars. The Richmond, Va.-based group is dedicated to providing high quality health insurance options to customers in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC. As a result, its consultants, with an average of more than 20 years experience, are intimately familiar with the states’ provider networks, products and regulations.

Representing the top national insurance carriers, Experient Health provides customers with multiple policy options designed to meet wellness needs and financial requirements.

Experient Health grew out of Virginia Farm Bureau and is a “hometown agency” in that it operates a network of more than 100 offices. However, it boasts the resources and technology of larger firms.

Consultants are available online, via phone and through their offices.

Learn more at http://www.experienthealth.com, utilize the online health insurance quote calculator or contact a consultant directly at 855.677.6580.

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