Do you want to lose weight? Boost aerobic fitness? Prevent disease? Do you need to build strength? Maybe you want to do all three—or more. Knowing your fitness goals can help you plan an exercise program that matches your needs.
Get started by circling all the numbered statements that apply to you and reading the corresponding recommendations.
1. I’m concerned about a family or personal history of one or more of the following:
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- heart disease or heart attacks
- stress, anxiety and depression
- colon cancer
2. I’m not very active.
3. I’m concerned about one or more of the following:
- losing my ability to function independently
- falling or injuring myself
- stiff, sore muscles
4. I’m interested in:
- reducing flabbiness
- increasing muscle strength
- building bone mass
5. I would like to:
- become exceptionally fit
- get maximum protection against heart disease
- participate in strenuous activities without tiring
6. I don’t have much time to exercise.
7. I’m worried about injuring myself during exercise.
8. I want to lose weight.
9. I would like to extend my life span.
10. I would like to stay active and feel good as I age.