physicalWith the increase in the popularity of running marathons and going on strenuous and adventure trips/vacations, the number of people interested in knowing about their physical fitness to make sure they are up for the task is rising.  However, a majority of people don’t have the time or resources to get a physical with a qualified physician.  Luckily, there are a number of different ways that allow people to test their varying levels of fitness and decide if they are ready for the upcoming adventure they are planning to go on next.

Let’s discuss a few of the options available to all these people in the subsequent paragraphs.

Online Fitness Tests
There are many websites that offer tests to check and evaluate your strength, endurance, flexibility, speed, body composition, and agility.

  • Two of the most popular websites areSparkPeople and Adult Fitness Test.
  • Some of the websites even have videos that show precisely how to perform different exercises.
  • Most sites that offer fitness tests also offer age charts that show where a healthy person ought to be performing.

An example of a test that is often discussed online is the one that measures the strength of your abdominal muscles.

  • The sites describe how to perform the activities or include videos that show how to do the exercises with correct form.
  • In order to test abdominal strength, you’ll see how many curl-ups you can do in a minute. After trying the exercise, you can compare your results with other people of your gender and age.

Another test that can be performed is a test that assesses how strong your upper body is.

  • This can be measured by the number of push-ups you can do in a minute.
  • Most tests allow you to either use modified push-ups or regular push-ups to assess your strength and provide comparison charts that are specific to the type of push-up that was utilized.

Smartphone Apps To Test Physical Fitness
There are a number of different smartphone apps that are available and can be utilized in order to help you determine the level of your health and fitness.

  • Most helpful are the apps that allow users to take an electrocardiogram, such as AliveCor.
  • These apps allow you to scan your heart to measure your heart rate and analyze the rhythm at which the heart is beating.
  • It is also possible to measure the blood pressure level of a user with these apps, which is another indicator of health and well-being.

Check For Your Bone Health
Whenever you are doing anything strenuous, it is almost always best to make sure that your bones are up for the challenge.

One of the easiest ways to make sure that your bones are up to scratch is to run through this checklist below.

  •  You have had more than a single fracture or break within the past two years, or a fracture has occurred that was way more serious than the circumstances suggested.
  •  You have a tiny frame that is small-boned, meaning that your have relatively less bone to lose.
  •  You have been taking prednisone or corticosteroids to treat an autoimmune disease.
  •  You smoke, which will make you statistically more likely to develop osteoporosis.
  •  You regularly imbibe more than two alcoholic beverages per day.
  •  You can’t drink milk due to lactose intolerance or other reasons.
  •  You have a history of eating disorder.

If several of these items are checked off, it may be an indication that your bones are thinning. If this seems to be the case, it is advisable to see a doctor for a more concrete analysis regarding the health of your bones. The doctor may carry out a bone density test to figure out the exact state of your bones.

Even though the true state of your health can be best diagnosed by a qualified physician, it is always possible to stay aware of your core strength and stamina before venturing out on something that involves serious physical stress. When you know your body’s strong points and care for its not so strong parts, you tend to avoid injuries and maintain optimum health. When in doubt, a quick visit to the doctor can offer specific advice and peace of mind as you take on the adventure.

For more information, visit Careworks.

Author:  Michele Holincheck, FNP

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