With all the ‘new year new start’ statements flying about at the moment I have been trying hard to jump on the bandwagon and get myself back in shape after a slightly (massively) extended christmas break from the gym. Although the thought of hitting the gym or going out for a run can fill us with dread I know everyone feels much better after doing so and to keep on the right track and give some more inspiration I am sharing with you a guest post on 3 reasons why fitness testing is so important..
We all know now that keeping fit is a vital component to maintaining both mental and physical health, but how do we know that we are really on the right track. The answer is to take regular fitness tests.
Regular fitness testing is important for a wide variety of reasons, not all of which are immediately obvious. So, with this in mind, we decided to put together a list of some of the main reasons why you should get tested frequently. Let’s jump straight in.
Perhaps the most obvious reason of all, progress monitoring is vitally important to your fitness regime. Hitting targets and getting the science behind all of your hard work will encourage you to continue, and provide future goals for you to strive towards.
Naturally, progress monitoring works best when you have a baseline with which to work with. If you are just starting out on your fitness quest, now is the time to get tested. Don’t be embarrassed about any lack of fitness you may have, getting tested now will show you how far you have come and exactly why all of that hard work is worth it in the end.
Old hands at the fitness game needn’t dismiss testing, however. Even those of us that have been working out for many years can see benefits from regular checks and we can even set our own new baselines each time we embark on a new style of training.
Know your strengths, and weaknesses
Getting tested can help you identify where your strengths and weaknesses lie. Not only is this vital for an efficient training program, it can also help to detect many common medical conditions early so that you can get treatment at the best time for your body.
Having fitness reports allows you to compare and contrast with your peers and professional athletes alike, which will let you know what areas need working on most. The vast majority of us are pressed for time these days, so knowing exactly what needs to be done and when can help you make the most of your precious training time.
Having this kind of information to hand will not only make your workouts more targeted, it will also increase your focus during those sessions too. As you will be fully aware of why you are performing the tasks, you mind will more readily accept the fact that you are putting your body through its paces.
Tangible results are what matters most, and by taking regular fitness tests you will be able to see just how much your body is changing and adapting to your training. Being able to see the headway that you have made in black and white will focus your mind and make each and every subsequent session another stepping stone to improving your results next time it’s time to get tested – we are competitive animals, after all!
So, there you have it, three great reasons why incorporating regular fitness testing into your training program can have a dramatic effect on how well you work out and the results that it ultimately will bring.
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