Sunday, May 04, 2014
Thursday I took a simple fitness test to provide a baseline for my level of fitness. The idea is that this will provide a baseline by which to see my progress over the next 12 weeks.
Push up test: 18 (Average for a woman my age)
Crunch test: 30 (Excellent for a woman my age)
1 mile walk/jog/run: 15.04 minutes (Average for a woman my age)
3 minute step test: 124 bpm (heart rate) (Poor for a woman my age)
I actually did this test about a year ago (when exactly, I don't know, since I kept the numbers but neglected to date them) and this is how I did then:
Push up test: 20
Crunch test: 40
1 mile walk/jog/run: NA (I either didn't do it or didn't record it)
3 minute step test: 124 bpm (heart rate)
In other words, despite my best efforts, I have back slid over this past year. I know that it was because I had a brutal schedule and I should be proud of the fact that I maintained any kind of consistent exercise when I was working 7 days a week, often 15-19 hour days. Still, it was a pretty bitter pill to swallow.
Also, frustrating, is that I have noticed that in the 5 years I've been on sparks, I seem to be unable to improve my cardio vascular health. I've neglected strength training in this past year, but cardio I kept up consistently. And it's not like I didn't push myself! And yet... it is very hard to see any progress at all in cardio vascular. Endurance and strength, yes, but I still struggle with too high a heart rate when working out etc. and I am not sure WHY. Everything I have read suggests I should be seeing my resting heart rate go down etc. It's not getting worse--but it's no better.
Despite the "excellent" rating on crunches, I can't say that I'm happy with these numbers--especially the last one. I'm really hoping that after the next 12 weeks, I'll be able to see real improvement.