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May/June 2013
Create a program
that’s right for you
Ask yourself these questions to create a workout tailored to your needs and
preferences. Fitness programs abound, from yoga and Pilates to step aerobics
and strength training - either at home or in a gym. So which type of fitness
program is right for you? Ask yourself these questions to figure it out.
What is your current
fitness level?
You probably have some idea of how fit you
are. But assessing and recording baseline
fitness scores can help you set your fitness
goals and measure your progress. To
assess your aerobic and muscular fitness,
flexibility, and body composition, consider
• Your pulse rate before and immediately
after walking 1 mile (1.6 kilometers)
• How long it takes to walk 1 mile
• How many pushups you can do at a time
• How far you can reach forward while seated
on the floor with your legs in front of you
• Your waist circumference at the level of
your hipbones
• Your body mass index
Do you have any health
If you are age 50 or older, haven’t exercised
for some time, or have chronic medical