Everyone’s fitness level is different, and are personally based on factors in a few different categories including aerobic fitness, muscular fitness, flexibility and body composition. If you want to know how healthy and fit your body is, try assessing your fitness level with these tests:
– Push Ups-
Push ups are a great exercise for overall fitness, and can be a good indicator of upper body strength and endurance levels. This exercise involves the shoulders, chest, triceps, abdominals and some legs, and are a great way to asses your upper body fitness.
To asses your fitness level in this area, try standing on one foot with your arms at your sides for a period of one minute. Work on improving fitness levels in balance, try practicing exercises that focus on and promote good balance like yoga or Pilates.
– Resting Heart Rate (RHR)-
Your resting heart rate can be a good, simple indication of your overall fitness level. A lower RHR corresponds to a stronger cardiovascular system and higher aerobic fitness level.
– Wall Sit-
This exercise is used to asses lower body and leg strength and endurance. “Sitting” in an invisible chair with your back up against a wall for as long as possible, is a good way to gauge your lower body fitness, as well as the endurance in your leg muscles. With your knees at a right angle, breathe freely while seeing how long you can hold the position.
Fitness is also a measure of how flexible your body is. Flexibility is important to overall health, so work on stretching each day to improve flexibility and fitness.
– Vertical Jump-
As kids, this part of our fitness level was certainly up to par, and used often. When you get older it is a much looked over part of overall health that can indicate the power exertion your body possesses as well as the power in your muscle fibers. See how high you can jump with markings on a wall or a 2-foot tall box.
Your fitness level relies on those deep, stabilizing muscles that are in the trunk of your body. Doing this exercise each day will increase core muscles and overall fitness.
– 1 Mile Run (or brisk walk)-
This test indicates the level your cardiovascular fitness is at. If you don’t get winded or dizzy you are in a good fitness position; if you do, you need to work on improving your cardiovascular fitness.
This full body exercise is a good way to indicate your fitness level if you can do even a few in a row. A burpee is an intense workout that challenges your muscular fitness, cardiovascular fitness, endurance and body power. Perform as many as possible in one minute to really test and push your fitness level.
– Waist to Hip Ratio-
This fitness test is used to asses body fat distribution. Those who hold more weight in their midsection as belly fat, are more likely to experience health problems like heart disease and diabetes, as well as a lower fitness level. To calculate your waist to hip ratio, measure the circumference of the widest part of your hips, and smallest part of your waist.