Measuring your fitness in pounds is like measuring your net worth by the contents of your wallet- its only part if the picture. Instead, pinpoint areas that need a little extra TLC. DO these self-tests and repeat them every four to eight weeks. 1.SIT AND REACH measures flexiblity. Sit with your legs extended in front of you, feet against the wall, Place one hand on top of the other and reach toward your toes.Measure the distance from your toes to your finger tips. After a month if the distance has barely increased then you need to work on your flexibitly. 2.STEP-UPS, measures your Cardoivascular fitness. Take your pulse and note your resting rate. Then stand facing a 12 inch step. For 3 minutes, step up and down at an even cadence. Then check your pulse again. After four weeks check your heart rate again using the same excerise. At the end of the 3 minute exercise your heart rate should be lower,inticating that your heart is stronger and pumping more blood with each heartbeat. No change then you need to work on your Cardiovascular fitness. 3. SITUPS Measures Muscular Endurance. Lie on your back with your knees bent, your feet flat on the floor, and your arms crossed over your chest. Set a timer for 60 seconds and do as many situps as you can. When you retest yourself and the number has not budged or increaced by a few sit ups then you need to work on your core area more.
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