Testing Your Fitness – What Really Matters?

What really matters?
It’s up to you.  In your big picture, it could mean anything. What matters to me, is different from what matters to you, right?  So lets define fitness first.
Fitness:   fit·ness (noun) – the condition of being physically fit and healthy.
synonyms: good health, strength, robustness, vigor, athleticism, toughness, physical fitness, muscularity; the quality of being suitable to fulfill a particular role or task.

-Less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week.
-More than 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities, and more than 80% of adolescents do not do enough aerobic physical activity to meet the guidelines for youth.
-Americans are the biggest consumer of weight loss products (80%) in the world, yet still lead the world in obesity and unhealthy lifestyle.

So what really matters?  Again, it is up to you, but the statistics and definition are clear.   I hope your not settling with “living a healthy life” and avoiding being one of these pathetic statistics.  Go for your ultimate fitness goal and never look back.  Why settle for just enough when you can do the hard work and be your best you.

Here are some fitness websites that have basic standards and above standard achievements:

Fitness & Cardio Charts:

Strength Levels:

Army Standards:

Popular Fitness Tests:



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