I’m not an exercise nut. I’ll likely never sport six pack abs or be able to do a handstand pushup. Fitness model will never appear on my resume.
But I do strive to stay consistent in my exercise regime. Primarily because I genuinely enjoy working out and staying active. And, on some level, I need the stress relief of a good sweat.
Occasionally though, my regular workouts will become, shall we say, less regular. (Like around the holidays). During these times, it’s important to have a fitness measuring stick.
A fitness measuring stick is a workout that serves as a barometer to assess how out of shape I’ve fallen. It also tells me when I’ve gotten back to where I was before the exercise hiatus.
Over the years I’ve used several workouts as a measuring stick. A regular jogger, I always want to be able to run a 5k with minimal training.
Currently, my fitness measuring stick is a workout from Men’s Health Magazine called the 9-9-9 workout.
It’s not the hardest workout ever. When I’m in good shape I can do it with relative ease. But it serves as a perfect fitness measuring stick for me.
So this year, as you resolve to get back into shape, along the way decide on a measuring stick workout. Then use it to keep you motivated. And in shape when life (or holiday overindulgence) gets in the way.
What’s your measuring stick workout?