I’ll admit I often wonder about my fitness while reaching for a snack or after missing another yoga class. I’m thankful to be in good health, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to run a few of the tests that Joy suggested to see how good my endurance is these days. Now that the baby is almost a year old, I can’t really rely on him as an excuse — he sees everything I do, and I want to make sure I’m demonstrating healthy habits that I hope he’ll emulate as he grows up.

How do you measure your fitness level?

with advice from
Jennifer Gamboa, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC,
Angela Manzanares, M.B.A.,
and Joy Winchester, HFS

Am I fit enough? Whether it’s a daily question, one we ponder before visiting with the doctor, or one we guiltily think before grabbing another cookie, this is a question many of us ask ourselves. Unfortunately, there’s not a simple answer, but Physiquality’s physical therapy professionals have some useful insights.

“How people measure their health and fitness depends on the person,” says Angela Manzanares, the creator of the fitbook™, a Physiquality partner. She warns against using numbers like BMI, or the body mass index, on their own, as they only take into account a person’s height and weight, not body composition. It’s possible to have low body fat and high muscle mass, and therefore a higher weight, Angela explains, which could categorize someone as overweight or obese when it’s really not the case.

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