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Body

How fit are you really?

Think you’re pretty active? Take our fitness quiz to see if you’re right.

1. How do you feel about running to catch a bus?

a) No problem, I wouldn’t even break a sweat.

b) I’d do it if I had to… but it might take me a few minutes to catch my breath.

c) I haven’t run in years so I wouldn’t even try.

2. How many sit-ups can you manage?

a) How many do you want me to do?

b) Probably around 10 but I haven’t tried recently.

c) I only do sit-downs, not sit-ups.

3.How frequently do you do aerobic exercise (running, swimming, fast walking or an activity that gets your heart going and makes you a little breathless)?

a) Four or five times a week for half an hour or more at a time (and totalling more than 150 minutes).

b) Once or twice a week – sometimes less.

c) I tend not to.

4. How many hours a week do you spend sitting on the sofa/inactive at a desk?

a) A couple of hours max – I like to be out and about and keep myself busy.

b) Three or four hours most days.

c) I have a fairly inactive lifestyle.

5. Using the body mass index calculator, is your BMI:

a) 18.5 to 24.9

b) Below 18.5 or between 25 and 29.9

c) Above 30

How did you score?

Mostly As.

Well done, you’re ticking all the right boxes and seem to be taking your fitness seriously. You may enjoy reading our article, 6 ways to stay motivated in your exercise routine.

Mostly Bs.

If you are scoring mainly Bs (and even some Cs) it’s time to take a good look at your activity levels. Regular exercise can reduce your risk of major illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes by up to 50%1. There are plenty of ways to increase your activity levels. Try out the NHS Fitness Studio exercise videos and see also our suggestions of 10 sports to take up in 2018.

Mostly Cs.

It’s time to get serious. If you don’t have mobility issues or another very serious health condition, there is no reason not to introduce some exercise into your week right now. You’ll be doing yourself a big favour as inactivity is a silent killer and is likely to be having a detrimental effect on your body. People who are regularly physically active are 30% less likely to die early and have a 30% lower risk of dementia1. Introducing activity into your daily life is easy – see our article Get on your feet for ideas to become more active.

And for a great, back-to-fitness routine, why not try Nordic walking? It’s one of the UK’s fastest growing sports and very sociable too. Good luck.

Sources

1www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/exercise-health-benefits