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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?
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.
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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In a perfect world, we have plenty of time to exercise. Unfortunately, our grand fitness plans don’t always work out how we may like. But don’t resign yourself to a sluggish lifestyle just yet because we have some great tips on how to fit exercise into a busy schedule.
Skip the commute to work
This may not be feasible for everyone, but if your work isn’t twenty kilometres away, why not walk, jog or cycle to and from work? Or if you don’t want to be hot and sweaty at the start of the day, bus or train it to work and then make your way home on foot.
Running, walking and cycling isn’t just a great bout of cardio, it’s also a form of transportation! So take advantage of it whenever you can. Alternatively, if you can’t make your own way to work, next time you go to the shops, go on foot. It’s that easy!
Become an early bird
Set your alarm and get your sweat on in the A.M. Exercising in the morning is not only a great way to kick start your metabolism the right way, it also gets the hard part out of the way first thing so you don’t have to worry about it later. If you’re worried you won’t be able to drag yourself out of bed with the sparrows, save time by wearing comfy workout clothes to bed.
Something is better than nothing
If you can’t squeeze 30 to 60 minutes of exercise into your daily routine, squeeze in short bursts whenever you’re able. A couple reps of squats when you go to the toilet, or a few trips up and down the stairs on your lunch break will still get your blood pumping and tighten your muscles. Also, a short but effective program of resistance training can be squeezed in at morning tea, or before you jump in the shower in the morning or the evening.
Take the kids with you
A lot of new mums or parents with young children find it hard to exercise when they’ve got kids hanging off them 24/7. Investing in a jogging appropriate stroller means that you can get them some fresh air, while getting in some miles yourself. Alternatively, take them to the park and get a core and upper body workout in on the monkey bars while they play.
Make it a date
Working out with your friends on your catch-ups instead of sitting around eating coffee and cake is a great way to squeeze exercise into your busy lifestyle.
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