How Fit Do You Want to Be?

Understanding your fitness goals is a good place to start​ your exercise journey.

First, it helps figure out where you currently stand fitness-wise, to give yourself a point of reference. Answer the following questions honestly and without judgment:

  • How far and long can you walk? How about run?
  • How many sit-ups or crunches could you do in a minute? What about pull-ups?
  • How flexible are you? Can you touch your toes from a standing position? How about sitting?
  • Do you have difficulty performing everyday physical tasks?

Now that you have a rough idea of how fit you are, it's time to create an attainable fitness goal. With your Biostat in mind (your Biostat is the ideal age you wish to become within 15 years of your current chronological age. Learn more about Biostat in Course 1 on Changing Perceptions), choose some exercise objectives and write them down. Your goals should be measurable and tailored to your personal needs. Perhaps you wish to:

  • Perform your daily routine without pain.
  • Walk a mile every day.
  • Become strong enough to lift your grandchildren.
  • Do 30 sit-ups in a minute.
  • Exercise for 20 minutes each morning.

To keep you accountable and motivated, post your goals where you can see them, like on your bathroom mirror or on the refrigerator. And remember: Though these stepping stones are valuable, your ultimate goal—and the aim of this course—is to help you achieve the fitness level of someone with your Biostat.

*Remember: Consult your doctor before beginning a fitness program, and make sure to take into account restrictions like heart disease, severe obesity, or limiting arthritis.

Write your goal below and click "Submit Answer." Once you have done so, click the "Next" button to learn how fitness can benefit your mind, as well.

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