Are you getting enough exercise? Do you know how fit you already are?

There is some wisdom in knowing these figures before you design a fitness plan to maintain a healthier lifestyle. The Mayo Clinic and Spark People offer two great at-home tools you can use to measure your current fitness level and use that information to determine what you need to add to your routine.

Fitness is the condition of your body in regards to physical health. There are five main components to physical fitness:

  1. Cardiorespiratory endurance
  2. Muscular strength
  3. Muscular endurance
  4. Body composition
  5. Flexiblity

Here is a quick overview of how you can use these tools to measure your current level of fitness in these five areas.

Start with the push-up test.

Use a stopwatch, such as the one on your smart phone, or enlist the help of a friend to time you. In one full minute, count the number of push-ups you are able to do. This measures the strength and endurance of your upper body muscles. The Spark People website provides stats for how well you measure up in comparison with others in your age range.

Using the same stop watch, next count how many crunches you can do in one minute. To effectively perform crunches follow the guidelines on the website. This will measure the strength of your abdominal muscles.

How quick can you walk one mile?

Another measurement for at-home evaluations is how long it takes you to walk one mile. Make sure you are wearing proper walking shoes. You should not attempt this test if you do not already walk at least 15 minutes several times each week.

Using these exercises to determine how fit you already are, you can create a workout plan that will help you continue on the right path to wellness.

How fit are you?

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