1. Normal Heart Rate
A lower heart rate is associated with people who are in great physical shape. Their heart pumps more efficiently and with stronger beats. A normal heart rate is between 60-100 beats per minute. A number higher than this may indicate high blood pressure, heart disease or other concerns. Check it in the morning for the most accurate reading.
2. Excellent Recovery Time
You should always pay attention to your recovery time. A heart rate that returns to the healthy zone in less than five minutes means that you are in good shape. The faster back to normal, the better in shape you are in. It is recommended that you take your pulse right after you are done working out and again every minute after to see how quickly it goes down.
3. You Take The Stairs
If given the choice between taking the elevator or climbing a flight of stairs, you master those stairs. This may say that you’re probably more fit than you realize. In fact, people who use the stairs regularly are generally more fit than those who don’t.
4. You Vary Your Workouts
If your weekly workouts are sprinkled with a variety of activities, your body is benefiting from the variety and challenge that comes with training different muscles. Strength training, yoga, running, kettle-bell workouts, TRX moves, etc. If you can easily alternate between different types of exercises, you’re probably in better shape than you think.
5. You Feel Rested
Has your sleep improved? How about your energy level throughout the day? If you’re catching more z’s at night and powering through the day, you’re probably in better shape than you think you are. People who exercise generally sleep better. Even if you’re not seeing results on the scale, you might be getting better sleep, and that’s good news when it comes to the state of your health.
6. You Are Mentally Stable
The connection between working out and mental health is clear: Exercise has been shown to improve mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function. Exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal.
7. You Can Keep Up With Your Friends
Can you keep up with your peers? Walk or jog at a moderate pace, hiking, climb stairs. If you’re breathing heavily you may be out of shape. However, if your breathing feels in control and you’re able to keep up with your fit friends, you might be in better shape than you think.
Can you keep with your walking partner? Whether it is walking or a slow jog are you able to match their strides and pace. If you’re out of breath, it’s possible you’re out of shape. On the other hand, if you’re able to keep up and perhaps even exceed their pace, then there is a good chance that you’re in good shape, or at least better shape than your partner 🙂
8. Recovery Time
Using a heart rate monitor you can get a good idea of the kind of shape that you’re in. The faster your rate goes back to normal after a workout, the better shape you’re in. Monitor your pulse for several minutes after the workout to see when it returns to normal. If you’re noticing a rapid decline to your “normal” pulse rate, then you’re in pretty good shape.
These are just a few tips to give you an idea of if you’re in good shape. Of course, there is more that you can do, and one of those ways is to get a consultation with your doctor to run tests that tests your fitness level.