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4 Fitness Tests You Can Do at Home

Do-It-Yourself Fitness Assessments


    I am getting towards 50 and have never considered my self as unhealthy but as my age creeps up so has my weight and the size of my waist band! I like the idea of setting a starting point so that you can assess how good your workout is working. I have started using home fitness DVDs that I found on to get me going. The plan is to get a decent level of fitness before I go out running. Possibly a 1/2 marathon before I reach 50? you never know. - 5/20/2016 6:42:49 AM
  • Great articles! - 11/1/2015 9:16:50 AM
    Awesome article! We use for our testing at my gym. - 9/22/2015 5:22:11 PM
    Visit to find out more about health testing equipment. - 9/22/2015 4:29:46 PM
    I am 59 and started my journey on January 2015. I exercise 4 to 5 times a week, including strength training, cardio and zumba. I get up very early and am out of the gym by 6 to 7 am. My work day starts at 10 am, so I have time to go back home, get breakfast, get ready for work, take my MIL to adult day care and get to work. With Diabetes 2, its been a challenge losing weight, but the inches have come off. I am happy, motivated and am gunning to lose 30 more lbs by the end of the year. It also helps to have a retired husband who cooks! - 9/13/2015 6:11:17 PM
  • ROGER1933
    I have a broken verabrate at T5 T6 which has me to just being able to walk at a slow rate. fit tracks me at around 2500 steeps a day. Type 2 dibatic lost what to do be dissabled from 2 back surgery's in lumbar (low back) awaiting another surgery. need to get 75 pounds off just cant seem to find the right diet and walking to lose any weight - 7/14/2015 3:50:43 PM
    Weight loss is 70% what you eat and 30% fitness. If you aren't losing any weight you need to really focus on what you are eating. A calorie doesn't always equal a calorie either. 100 calories of fruits and vegetable are a lot better than 100 calories of say, chocolate, or unhealthy food.

    And remember, your time in the gym is not wasted. Whether you are losing weight or not, exercising is helping more than doing nothing.

    Keep trying, it will come eventually. =) - 6/18/2015 12:49:53 PM
  • SUZY1950A
    I get on the walking maching a couple 2 3 times a week for 20 minutes and try to get my husband to take me dancing every other Saturday night - 5/8/2015 8:13:00 PM
  • going to try this :-) - 9/27/2014 8:32:02 PM
  • Please consider adding an alternative fitness test for those with physical limitations - I believe there is one on SP for seniors - I think it could be renamed to be more generic. Thanks! - 7/21/2014 7:46:04 AM
    Age is creeping up steadily so with bad knee, I can't do the walk. Work out three times a week on the elliptical for 35 minutes and ride the stationary bike for 30 minutes. Alternate resistance exercises using the lat pulls, calf exercises, back strengthening, and abs strengthening. With all of this, I still fail to lose weight. It is so important because I am Type 2 diabetic. Now I'm trying to concentrate on correct eating. Are there any other suggestions, please. Sometimes I think my mind is sabotaging my efforts. - 6/29/2014 10:45:35 AM
  • I'll give this a try - 1/20/2014 11:15:04 AM
  • To Karengal1: I was laid off a little less than a year ago. I have osteoarthritis in my hip and arthritis in my hands & shoulders. I understand the pain aspect. Walking is the best exercise for me because I'm out in the fresh air and it's free. I turned 57 last month and refuse to let things go. I applaud you for being able to stick with the gym routine. I hope you can get into YMCA. Swimming is a great exercise for joint problems. I worked two jobs a day and the pounds flew off but it puts stress on your body also. Count me in for Team Karen! - 9/16/2013 8:16:27 AM
  • ETOUR6
    I don't know how it works but it looks like a way to test fitness without much - 9/10/2013 1:26:29 PM
  • To Karengal1,
    I work full time and swim. What works for me is to swim 3 times a week, not daily, and to swim before work. Just once with the hair and makeup if you can do that. I start my work day at 8 AM and get up at 5 to swim. (I have a long commute to work) Think about it.
    I do other things on the days I don't swim. Good luck. - 8/22/2013 11:37:05 AM

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