My Own Personal Fitness Test

Can you sit down on the floor without using your hands to get there?

How about this: Can you walk briskly up several flights of stairs without huffing and puffing?

How about this: Do you think you could run three miles, right now, if you were, say … being chased by wolves – without debating whether it would be better to just get eaten by wolves?

How about this: When was the last time you were STARVING? I mean, really really hungry, so that you felt like food was a critical element of your continued existence?

These are some of the elements of my own “personal fitness test”. I think we all have these sorts of measures – perhaps unconsciously – which we use to gauge how we generally feel. For many of us, it might just go so far as a vague feeling of “I have to get to the gym”. For me, I’ve always known when I had to “get to the gym” since these other tests of my personal fitness were already failing.

Note: I am not much of a gym-goer. I do go, but I much prefer other ways of staying in shape. For example, a regular home practice of Yoga, or bike-riding (year-round). Lately I go to the gym, though.

Here’s where I currently stand re: my personal measures of fitness:

  • I could easily sit down even if I were holding a bowling ball in each hand. (Okay – exaggerating a little, but my flexibility and balancing strength are generally always good enough for the sit-down-with-no-hands test.)
  • I can barely carry-on a conversation while walking slowly up the stairs. My aerobic efficiency is currently pretty low, and I don’t have very good “breath support”. Note: These are not “technical terms” – or at least I don’t think they are. 🙂
  • I would be eaten by the wolves. I wouldn’t really have a choice about it.
  • To me, currently, food is something I stuff in my face when I feel bored or tired. I can’t remember the last time I felt particularly hungry, and I could probably go for several weeks without shoving another morsel down my throat. I doubt my body is currently processing the food it gets very efficiently.

In other words, my own personal perception of my fitness is that it is not very good. Now, that is relative, since doctors and most standard measures of fitness would have me testing as above average fitness. But I’ve got my own standards – for this and for everything else about myself. And if I say I flunk fitness, then that’s the way it is.

Do you have a fitness test?

5 Ways to Add Jumping Jacks to Your Day

Warning: Jumping jacks in a moving vehicle can be disconcerting. You do not land where you took off. Consult your physicist professor for advice.

The jumping jack is, I gotta say, one of the silliest calisthenics. Not as silly as the squat thrust, but far sillier than the push-up. Kids LOVE ’em, and for good reasons.

I recently asked my Facebook friends for advice on how to add more jumping jacks to my day. They are a hearty bunch of friends, and they had some great ideas.
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