Assess Your Current Fitness Level
You probably have some idea of how fit you are based on your ability to
complete everyday tasks such as walking the dog, household cleaning or
grocery shopping. Completing a fitness self-assessment will help you create
a safe and effective fitness plan, set attainable goals and track your
progress. Tips for assessing your fitness:
- Record your accurate weight. If you wish, you can also measure your height
and figure out your body mass index (BMI) using an online BMI calculator.
- Estimate how many minutes of exercise you are getting in an average week.
- Take a brisk walk. Notice if or when you start to feel out of breath. Estimate
how quickly you were walking and how far you had walked when you began
to feel breathless.
- Do the push-up test. Push-ups can help you measure muscular strength. Do
as many push-ups as you can until you need to stop for rest. Do a modified
version on your knees if you are just starting out.
Your performance on these simple assessments is now your benchmark. Measure
yourself against these every so often as you follow your fitness routine.