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Test your fitness with these 3 exercises

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Get active this month – and remember to pack a protein bar.

Are you feeling active and ready for a boost of energy? Head outside when the weather's nice and get motivated in a natural environment!

For those of you who have spent more time on the sofa and less time working up a sweat – be kind and patient with yourself when you start your fitness journey! It could take two months of regular exercise for you to see a physical change in your body, so don't get demotivated in your first weeks. It's important that as you begin to exercise again, you measure your performance to see the improvements you're making.

Here are a few basic tests that you can do to assess your fitness:

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Walk/jog (cardiovascular) – Depending on your fitness levels and mobility, you can time yourself walking or running for a distance of one kilometre. The aim is that next time you time yourself, perhaps two weeks later, your time will be faster.

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Push-ups (upper body strength) – Push-ups are a great way to test your strength, as they involve a variety of muscles including back, triceps and shoulders. You should get ready in a push-up position (for lower levels of fitness, rest on your knees) and perform as many push-ups as you possibly can in a row, with no break.

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Plank (core strength) – The plank is a great way to measure the core muscles of your body. You should be in a push-up position, except with your elbows and forearms on the ground. The idea is to create a perfect line from your heels to your head. Once you're in this position, time yourself to see how long you can hold it.

Physical exercise is not the only part of the equation for your wellbeing and achieving your goals: diet is also a huge part. When exercising, your body needs fuel, so make sure you eat foods rich in protein before and after your workout.

Take advantage of the beautiful days and make exercising fun by being outside. With motivation and the support from a well-balanced diet, you'll feel the difference in no time.

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