How fit are you? A self assessment will help you answer this question. However, depending on your recent dietary and fitness habits, you might not want to hear the answer. You might find that, while you don't do too poorly lifting weights, you can't run for 10 seconds without huffing and puffing. Or perhaps you're an excellent runner but have little muscle strength. Taking a self assessment will help you determine where you are now and where you could be in the future.
The military often gives trainees a list of required exercises. After a specific amount of time, trainees should be able to do a certain number of pushups, sit ups, etc. and be capable of running fixed distances quickly. Even if you don't ever intend to join the military, this sort of self assessment might be beneficial for you.
How to Begin
First ask yourself how long it's been since you exercise on a regular basis. This should include cardio workouts and some kind of strength training, even if it's not much. This will help you determine how quickly you should begin a new routine. If it's been over a year, you'll need to start slowly.
Next, ask yourself how you treat transportation. Do you drive somewhere that you could walk to in five to 10 minutes? Do you try to get out of using the stairs whenever possible? Your attitude fits into the self assessment as well.
How Many Can You Do?
Begin testing your overall strength with a few pushups. Many adults can do anywhere from 15 to 30 pushups at a time without stopping. While the numbers are different for everyone, time yourself as you perform at least five pushups. See if you can make it to 10 or even 15 pushups without taking a break. If you can't reach any of these numbers, you might want to consider working some body weight exercises into your next routine.
A Self Assessment through Running
Everyone's running abilities differ. Some people can run long distances slowly and maintain endurance while others can spring short distances and become tired quickly. Time yourself as you jog or run one quarter mile. Test how out of breath you are afterward and consider working in some cardio fitness on a treadmill or elliptical trainer to improve your running abilities.
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