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Intent on surviving another decade? Ace this test
Intent on surviving another decade? Ace this test

New research leaves little doubt about it: Fitness is powerful. A new study shows it's also a powerful predictor of whether an individual will live or die in the next decade. Put a person on a standard-issue treadmill, crank up the speed and the incline, measure the maximum metabolic equivalents of task she achieves and the percentage of maximum predicted heart rate she can endure, and you have two key bases on which to predict a patient's 10-year survival prospects, says a study published Monday in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The resulting "FIT Treadmill score," say researchers from Johns Hopkins University, "is easily attainable from any standardized...