How Fit Are You?

April Davis

Have you ever wondered just how fit you actually are? A great Instagram shot in workout gear can be deceiving and a lot of us fall into the trap of thinking thin means fit – but that’s not always the case. On the contrary, it’s difficult to judge a persons fitness just by looking at them. Likewise, a lot of us don’t really know how fit we really are! So how fit are you?

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Unless you hit the gym religiously or run marathons, chances are you don’t actually know how fit you are. But don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! These simple at home tests are a sure fire way to judge your strength and overall fitness levels.

Ask yourself these questions:

Can you touch your toes?

Flexibility is an important part of fitness because it gives an insight into the strength of your muscles. If you can’t touch your toes while keeping your legs straight then you might not be in the best shape. Inability to reach your toes can indicate hamstring tightness, which is often symptomatic of inactivity. A lot of people working in offices have this problem because sedentary lifestyles can shorten your hamstrings.

Do you start sweating straight away during a workout?

Sweating early on in a workout can actually be a good sign that your fitness is on track. This is called ‘efficient sweating’ that happens when the body is accustomed to a workout. When you start sweating during a warm up your body anticipates the need to cool down and therefore starts sweating. However, keep in mind this could depend on the room’s temperature.

Do you watch TV before bed, but then can’t sleep?

The sleep hormone melatonin is kept in check by exercise. Being unable to sleep, even after long periods of relaxation, you might not be getting enough exercise. The same thing goes for if you find yourself constantly waking up for no reason.

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Can you stand up from a cross-legged position without using your hands?

It’s surprising how many people can’t do this. Sit on the floor cross-legged and raise yourself into a standing position without touching the ground or using your arms for support. If you can do this it indicates good core strength and balance.

If you work at a desk, do you get up and move around?

Not standing up, walking around or stretching at least once every hour could be compromising your overall health and fitness, or undoing any exercise you are doing. Your blood circulation can stagnate and your muscles can stop contracting if your not moving around.

Do you actively exercise more than twice a week?

Exercising more than twice week puts you in a pretty good position health and fitness wise. Up to five-hours of moderate exercise, or two and a half-hours of intense exercise can help prevent unhealthy weight gain and decrease your risk of developing some cancers while improving blood-pressure, cholesterol and bone and muscle strength.

So, how fit are you?

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