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Measuring Physical Fitness

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Physical fitness refers to good health or physical condition as a result of exercise and proper nutrition. Generally, health-enhancing aspects of physical fitness can be divided into three categories:

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Masley, S.C. (2009). Measuring Physical Fitness. In: Evans, C.H., White, R.D. (eds) Exercise Stress Testing for Primary Care and Sports Medicine. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-76597-6_15

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