Fitness Quiz: Why should I care?
Fitness is an integral part of many people’s life. It involves physical activities aimed at keeping your body fit and strong. Fitness is crucial for your wellbeing, since it prevents a variety of health problems. In fact, regular exercising will help you (2):
- Manage your weight
- Prevent arthritis, falls, strokes, type 2 diabetes, and cancer
- Deal with insomnia
- Improve your mood
- Relax (you can train outdoors, with your family/friends, etc., there are many ways in which fitness can be fun and pleasant)
Have you ever thought about what fitness is? What role does it play in your life? Take this fitness quiz to find out.
Fitness Quiz: Questions
1. Which one of these exercises is effective for weight loss?
- Strength exercises
- Balance exercises
Correct: Cardio. Cardio training involves aerobic and anaerobic exercises, geared towards increasing your heart rate. These include jogging, HIIT, dancing, swimming, and other activities of this kind. Engaging in these, you will burn calories much faster than with strength training, yoga, or balance exercises. To lose as many calories as after a regular cardio session, you will need to train for up to 1.5 hour with heavy weights and without breaks (1). If your primary goal is to shed pounds fast, go for cardio, but do not indulge in it. Too much cardio can damage your heart and overtax your muscles.
2. What does HIIT stand for?
- High-interval intensity training
- High-interval intensity therapy
- High-intensity interval training
Correct: High-intensity interval training. It is the most challenging and intense form of cardio training. You will surely sweat a lot during the workout but you will never regret it after you see the results. Your body will continue burning calories for about 2 hours after you have finished your HIIT session (3). In addition, it is very fun to do, especially if you use fitness equipment.
3. How do you call the layer of fat around your waistline?
- Muffin top
- Beer belly
- Love handles
Correct: Love handles (often confused with the muffin top. The difference is that the latter refers to the fat on one’s waistline that “spills over” the waistband of one’s low-rise pants).
4. Agonist muscles are responsible for relaxing.
Correct: False. Antagonist muscles are responsible for relaxing, thus being opposite to agonist muscles, which make muscles contract.
5. Asana is a yoga posture.
Correct: True. The word originated in Sanskrit, meaning “sitting down.” Although in the past asana denoted a meditation pose, nowadays it encompasses the whole range of yoga postures, ranging from Shavasana to Vrikshasana (notice how “asana” is part of these names).
6. Ab exercises are enough to burn your belly fat.
Correct: False. In no way strengthening your abs alone can reduce your belly fat. It is a myth that has been passed down from generation to generation. As a result of ab training, your muscles will grow, while the fat will not go. Rather, it will cover your six-pack, hiding your strong abdominal from everyone. The fact is that you cannot lose weight in a particular area of your body (4). Therefore, to shed some pounds from your belly, you need to do cardio exercises that target your whole body.
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7. The exercise called “Hundred” is part of:
Correct: Pilates. “Hundred” is a great Pilates exercise that targets the abdominal muscles. It is performed on a mat, with your head, shoulders, and legs raised and hands at your sides. In this position, you have to move your arms up and down quickly 100 times. This exercise perfectly describes the whole Pilates method, which aims at core muscle strength and control (5).
8. Which piece of equipment will be useless for the basic squat?
- Ankle weights
- Foam roller
Correct: Ankle weights. Adding ankle weights to your regular squats will make no sense because you will not lift your legs. If you are asking why a foam roller can be added, remember that you may perform squats against the wall.
1-3 correct answers. You are not a fitness guru… But there is no reason to get upset. This must motivate you to start exercising or diversify your workout routine in order to learn more about fitness. A fitness guru is not the one who studies theory on the human body, training, fitness equipment, etc. It is the one who practices fitness and learns while training. So, you have a lot of work to catch up on, do not give up!
4-6 correct answers. You are on your way to becoming a fitness guru. In fact, you have almost achieved your goal. Just a little more effort and you might just become the go-to fitness expert in your circle.
7-8 correct answers. Congratulations! Your fitness knowhow is awesome. You’re definitely a whizz when it comes to weight loss. And you know all the ins and outs of working out and mapping out lung-busting routines. You’re no stranger to chiseling your body, pumping your muscles, and giving yourself a good ol’ stretch. This is the knowledge that comes with time and sweat, making you a role model for other people and future generations. But never stop grinding, there is always room for improvement.
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This article is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional advice or help and should not be relied on to make decisions of any kind. Any action you take upon the information presented in this article is strictly at your own risk and responsibility!