Why can’t I touch my toes?

Don’t worry, it’s not a fair measure of fitness.

Popular Science
Oct 17, 2017 · 6 min read
State Police cadets in training, Valle Giulia, Rome, circa 1960 — Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images

By Claire Maldarelli

As a middle schooler, one of my life goals was the Presidential Fitness Award — an accolade given to those who passed a series of gym-class tests that included doing a number of pull ups, running a mile, and, among other things, the sit and reach: A flexibility test in which one sits with…

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