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Cardiorespiratory fitness is key to longer life.

Fitness is a stronger predictor of mortality in women than being overweight, according to research published in the November 2010 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. The study measured body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage, waist-to-hip ratio, waist circumference, and cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) in 11,335 women and found that death rates were significantly lower for fit women than for unfit women. Additionally, fit women with a high BMT, body fat percentage, and/or waist circumference had no greater risk of death than their fit counterparts with normal measurements in these categories. The results suggest that even modest levels of CRF (the ability of your heart and lungs to supply oxygen and fuel to your working muscles) are associated with a lower risk of death in women.


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Title Annotation:FRONTLINE
Publication:Women's Health Advisor
Date:Jan 1, 2011
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