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Published: Tuesday, May 24 2011 10:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

And what would those times be?

Ogden, UT

I also wanted to know the times. Here you go.

From the study data, Dr. Berry calculated that a man in his 50s who can run a mile in 8 minutes or less, or a woman who can do it in 9 minutes or less, shows a high level of fitness. A 9-minute mile for a man and 10:30 for a woman are signs of moderate fitness; men who cant run better than a 10-minute mile, and women slower than 12 minutes, fall into the low-fitness category.

Dr. Berry also states that your risks increase dramatically for each minute over 10 minutes it takes you to run a mile.

Lois Collins

You are both right. I should have included it. I'm adding it now. Thanks.

Gainesville, VA

I feel like a slug! Does my hour of walking/running or Jillian Michaels DVD's count for anything????? I hate running - hurts the hips, shins, and heels. I guess my husband is going to way outlive me. Bummer.

Vancouver, BC

Luv2organize: The study just uses running as a surrogate for measuring aerobic fitness. You could "translate" this into biking, swimming, step machine, spin class, elliptical trainer but you'd have to figure out the equivalent "speed & distance" of say an "8 minute mile" in these other exercises. Any decent trainer can help you on this. Even if you hate running, that's no excuse - there is an appropriate cardio exercise for anyone. I do triathlon and really recommend variety and cross-training so you don't injure yourself.

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