(KUTV) It’s recommended to do at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise, 5 days/week. But how do you know if your daily workout is improving your overall fitness? Evaluating your current fitness level can help you track and measure progress.
Fitness is made up of four main elements: cardio, strength, mobility, and balance.
“Most of the time, within those four components, there’s usually one that we like a little bit more than the other and we gravitate towards that,” says Rebecca Bennion, the Running Program Coordinator at TOSH – The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital.
Bennion says mobility and balance are the two areas people tend to neglect the most.
“Balance naturally decreases as we age, and we can work on that while we’re doing our cardiovascular and strength work too,” says Bennion.
If you’re wanting to improve your overall fitness, Bennion says start by setting a goal. Figure out where you want to be, and from there, evaluate your baseline fitness to see what’s currently holding you back.
“Sit-ups for 30 seconds, as many pushups as you can do for 30 seconds, walk or jog a mile and see how long it takes you, test your sit and reach,” suggests Bennion.
These are movements you can test today and make a note of how you did. Be sure to include how you felt during the exercises as well. Then, after working out for a few weeks or months, you can retest to see how you’ve improved.
“A lot of people use the scale as their measurement for progress one way or the other, and this is more than just a number on the scale telling you how you’re doing and improving,” says Bennion.
If you find that you’ve hit a plateau, Bennion recommends mixing it up. Try a new workout, modify the intensity, and keep challenging your body if you want to continue seeing improvement.