FITNESS AT ALL AGES –

HOW DO YOU  MEASURE UP?

I recently read an article in the Telegraphs Lifestyle and Fitness section which made for some rather interesting reading.  The article posed the question “how fit should we be at our age.”

Whilst everyone seems to be on a diet and fitness regime at some stage of their lives, it’s really important to focus on being fit, strong and healthy not just about being slim or skinny.  I know I harp on about “strong not skinny” but our real motivation and focus should be on looking after our bodies through the years to ensure we are strong at any age which will keep all our joints supple and improve our bone density, a key component to strength in our later years.  We need to be agile, cardiovascular and mentally fit and strong.  This can be achieved by mixing up our physical activities, remember the old adage “use it or lose it” this is particularly true as we get older, I can vouch for this!

So let’s take a quick look (I can see all of you trying this out as you are reading this)  at what we should be able to do at various stages of our lives.  If you can’t pass the quick fitness test, we problem, but don’t despair, we can fix this with a little motivation, commitment and dedication.  Repeat after me “I CAN AND I WILL DO THIS”

In your 20s all you Spring chickens should be able to…

* Run 5km in 30 minutes
* Do 20 burpees in a row
* Hold a full plank for one minute

Your 20’s were fun filled late nights and partying and now in your 30s you should be able to..
* Run a mile in less than 9 minutes
* Hold a plank for 45 seconds
* Deadlift more than 50 percent of your bodyweight

Ok, so 40 is the new 30 and you are nearing “middle age” but can you…
* Sprint for 60 seconds without stopping
* Do 10 press-ups without stopping
* Touch your toes comfortably with straight legs

Officially now “FABUPLUS” 50s and you should be able to…
* Run at a moderate pace for 60 seconds without stopping
* Do five burpees without stopping
* Lower yourself into a cross-legged position on the floor without using your hands, and then return to standing

It’s here, your 60 and you should be able to…
* Regularly take more than 10,000 steps in a day
* Do 12 bodyweight squats without stopping
* Touch your fingertips with one hand over your shoulder and the other behind your back
In your 70s you should be able to…
* Walk a mile in less than 16 minutes
* Climb a flight of stairs with 10 steps in under 30 seconds comfortably
* Rise to stand from a chair without using your hands or arms, and repeat at least 12 times in 30 seconds

So what are you waiting for?  Take your fitness test and set yourself some goals, you can regain your health and fitness 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻

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