For many years doctors have used body weight as a key indicator of overall health, but it’s now clear that some people can be slim yet unhealthy, or even overweight but apparently in rude health (although this still divides expert opinion).
Now research by the Mayo Clinic in the U.S. suggests health can be more accurately defined — and longevity predicted — by four other health parameters: aerobic fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition. Experts believe these are more useful than any measurement of your weight.
These are all things you can check yourself at home — and, importantly, by working to improve your scores, you can boost your health and resistance to illness as you get older.
We asked leading experts for the best DIY at-home tests to…
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