We all know the health benefits of being physically fit (see Health Benefits of Exercise here), however knowing where to focus your time and energy can prevent some people from ever getting started. Fortunately there is a simple online questionnaire developed by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NUST) that takes just a few minutes to do and can provide you with a valuable insight into your current physical health by giving you a fitness age.
Fitness age questionnaire
The questionnaire can be found here https://www.worldfitnesslevel.org/#/ and also takes into account:
- resting heart rate
- maximum heart rate
I timed myself (on my fitbit) and it took 37 seconds, so go ahead and check your fitness age.
Make sure the details are accurate as my results showed my fitness to be that of a 75 year old! On closer inspection I had added my waist as 208cm….that makes sense.
Now you are educated about your physical fitness age and motivated to take a couple of steps forward towards better health, where do you begin? The Cardiac Research Exercise Group at NUST have also developed a very impressive 7 week progressive fitness regime. This starts off with 3 x 20 minute sessions per week and increases over time.
Check it out here: http://www.ntnu.edu/cerg/regimen
Other fantastic resources to get you started are the ‘Couch to 5 K’ app, designed to get you from zero baseline to running for 30 minutes (or 5 k’s) continuously over 9 weeks. Some more info here. This is not only great for those wanting to start running for the first time, but also those returning from injury as it allows your body to gradually adjust without straining joints and tissues.
For other suggestion and if you would like a more personal approach, I am happy to help with the testing, education and motivation. Please get in contact if you have any questions.