Several months ago, my training partners and I conducted fitness assessments on ourselves. We measured the strength of our upper and lower bodies, our endurance, our aerobic recovery, body composition and shoulder and hip flexibility.
My scores blew the charts off the wall!
Keeping in mind that I was 61 years old at the time, my strength, when measured against what is considered normal for the population, was graded as “Superior”…for a 30 year old! I’m not trying to brag, I am trying to make this point:
All of my training partners performed well above population norms too. And… from my casual observation, I think most regular gym-goers would also test well .
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not fooling myself. I know that any 30 year old guy who trains regularly, and with intensity, has a fitness level that is far above this old man’s. But I can’t deny that the charts say I maxed out what is normal for a 30 year old!
So, what’s up with that? Well, “what’s up” is that when regular exercisers compare themselves to the population at large, they see two things:
(1) how fit they are, and,
(2) how un-fit is, everyone else.
The fact that the general population is so out of shape is the real story here.
We exercisers appreciate the benefits of what we do, while non-exercisers, unfortunately, have no idea. Hey… this month, help spread the word about how great, regular exercise can be. Invite a friend in for a workout.
But go easy on them, they are out of shape!
Exercise works! Keep it up, and pass it on…