How Fit Are You?
Want to know if you're in good shape? Test yourself with these five fitness moves that assess your core strength, physical endurance and balance to see how fit you really are. Try it with your friends. Make sure to warm up first.
THE PUSH UP. This classic exercise tests your upper body strength with a focus on the chest, shoulders and triceps. How many can you do in one minute?
THE PLANK. The Plank is a great test of your core strength. How long can you hold a plank?
THE BURPEE. The burpee is a more advanced exercise that require cardiovascular stamina, core strength, and a high range of motion in the knees. How many can you do in one minute?
ONE MILE RUN. Running tests your cardiovascular fitness (or endurance). How fast can you run one mile?
STORK BALANCE. This move tests your static balance. Remove your shoes and stand with your hands on your hips. Place the sole of your non-standing foot against the inside knee of your other leg. Raise your heel from the floor to balance on the ball of your foot. How long can you hold it?
You're a Fitness Newbie. This may be your wake-up call to get more physical activity in your daily routine. These moves may seem hard now, but with some training three times per week, you will find that these basic moves get so much easier. Sign up for a race or other fitness challenge to get you motivated to start on a training routine that motivates you.
You're a Fit Maven. You are already pretty strong and consistent when it comes to most fitness moves, but can stand to improve on a few. Focus on activities that improve overall muscular strength, endurance, and cardiovascular health. These can include swimming, climbing and cycling. Keep up the great work!
You're a Fitness All-Star. Many aspire to be as physically fit and healthy as you. You're strong, have incredible endurance, and excellent balance. Whatever you're doing to train, keep up the great work. You may even want to push your limits with an obstacle race, triathlon or an adventure activity that challenges your core!
You're a Fitness Enthusiast. You have the basics down and just need to build up a bit of strength and endurance. You want to be well trained in all fitness areas - strength, cardio, agility, flexibility, and balance. Keep working on these moves and incorporate more training in the areas you want to improve.