Fitness IQ - how did you score?
Mostly As - The Gym Virgin!
Your attempts at exercise probably get as far as the odd aerobics video in your front room if that. But don't despair. There are hundreds of classes to choose from if you get down to your local gym or health and fitness centre, from salsa to spinning, which can make a workout seem more like fun than torture. Make a pact to go with a friend so you'll feel bad if you let them down - and great once you've done the class together.
Mostly Bs - The Lapsed Gym Member
You joined a gym but drifted out of regular workouts because life just seemed to take over. You probably still go to the odd class or have spurts of gym visits rather than a steady routine. Getting a personal trainer or the gym's in-house fitness trainer to work out a personal programme that fits in with your lifestyle (ie if you've got a 45-minute lunch break they can work out a 30 minute gym programme for you) - and, most importantly, that you enjoy - should set you up for a better level of fitness in the future.
Mostly Cs - The regular
You know your fitness onions and you're committed to keeping fit. Make sure, however, that you don't get bored or left behind the times by sticking to the same routine. Get your fitness trainer to renew your gym programme regularly and try out new classes such as yoga or pilates to make sure you stay flexible as well as fit.
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By the way, your maximum heart rate is 220 beats per minute minus your age so 220 minus 30 (years old) is 190. For cardio training, you are looking at about 75% of the maximum: 75% of 190 is 142.5bpm.
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