physiquality blog: how do you measure your fitness level?
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?
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.