Testing Your Fitness Levels: Muscle Strength

January 29, 2015 - Comment

We all know that getting out of breath can be a sign that you’re not fit enough. However, contrary to popular belief, being unfit isn’t all about whether you get out of breath or whether you’re overweight. The government and health advisors not only recommend regular aerobic activity for a healthy lifestyle, but also regular

We all know that getting out of breath can be a sign that you’re not fit enough.

However, contrary to popular belief, being unfit isn’t all about whether you get out of breath or whether you’re overweight.

The government and health advisors not only recommend regular aerobic activity for a healthy lifestyle, but also regular muscle exercises and strength training.

So how do you know if you’re doing enough?

Here’s a test for upper body strength: perform as many full press ups as you are able to within the space of one minute. If you can’t do any more and you’ve only done 6 (if you’re a woman) or 15 (if you’re a man), this means that your upper body strength definitely needs improving!

Another good test for strength is to do the plank.

This will test your core muscles. To do it, go into the press up position but rest your weight on your elbows and balls of the feet and then keep the position for as long as possible. If you can’t reach a minute like this, you probably need to improve your strength.

Your strength is important. It’s not just about being able to carry all your groceries easily – although that IS a great benefit! – it also comes with health benefits of its own.

When you incorporate strength training into your regular exercise routine, you’ll burn calories more quickly than if you only perform aerobic exercises, you’ll improve your bone health and you’ll reduce lower back pain.

So pay attention to your body and act accordingly!

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