It is so easy to feel intimidated in this age of Tough Mudder and Crossfit-boasting Facebook posts, of colleagues who run marathons or 5Ks and of gyms packed with unbelievably toned bodies.
But, as any fitness instructor worth their salt could tell you, if you take a look at the daily chores you do, you might realize that you are way fitter than you give yourself credit for. Read the list below and, if your answer is “yes” to any of the points, you are probably more fit than you realize.
1. Is your everyday bag full?
If lifting a 10-pound weight sounds like a feat to you, go on and weigh the bag you use most or, if there is more than one bag, weigh them all. Now think about how long you’re carrying those bags every day, and what distances you’re crossing with them. We bet that you are doing quite a workout without even realizing it.
2. No pain when climbing in and out of your car?
The lower to the ground the car is, the bigger the effort to get in and out of it. Basically, what you do when getting in or out of your car is squats. The lower the car, the deeper the squats will be. So, if you have no knee pain when doing this, you are in pretty good shape.
3. Can you stand in line without shifting your weight?
Because people tend to spend most of their time sitting down or hunched over, when they occasionally straighten up, this causes them a lot of pain. It happens because of their chronically tight hips. If you can stand up straight for a longer period of time without having to shift your weight from one foot to the other and without experiencing any lower back pain, you are good to go. In fact, you are better than most people out there.
4. Can you handle your own luggage while travelling?
Putting your bag on the baggage scale, or stowing it in the overhead space, or even retrieving your carry-on from the airport carousel after landing require well-toned muscles. If you have no problem doing any of the aforementioned actions, rest assured, you are fit enough.
5. Shopping without pausing?
If you carry your bags from the store to the car without using a shopping cart, or push a fully loaded cart without getting out of breath, or even just carry everything from the trunk of your car into the kitchen without breaking a sweat, you are in good shape.
6. Are you able to cook in a crowded kitchen?
Strength is nothing without coordination. And, as silly as it might sound, being able to cook in a crowded kitchen, without causing or suffering any kind of “work accidents” is a sign that your body is still pretty good at hand-eye coordination and complex movement.
7. No problem carrying laundry downstairs?
Good balance is essential for good quality movement. A young person has a much better control on body deceleration than an older person. When walking down some stairs, the body works a lot to hold itself upright. If you walk down the stairs with a load difficult to hold, you will only be able to do it if your balance, muscle tonus and coordination are good. Otherwise you will trip, fall and, usually, break a hip.
8. No problem balancing your kid on your hip?
If you think you are not good with lifting heavy weights, remember the moment you lifted your squirmy toddler onto your hip. You should know that lifting a 30-pound kid equates to lifting a 45-pound dumbbell, because the kid is moving around, so you need more effort to compensate for the random squirming.
9. Are you able to keep up with the kids on the playground?
Do you climb to the top of the slide? Do you lift your kid to help him grasp the monkey bars? Do you follow your child on the balance beam? If you do these things, you have good cardiovascular fitness, strength and balance. What more can you ask for?
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