13.07.2024

Fitness quiz designed to helpreduce your risk of heart disease

Finding the motivation to drag yourself to the gym can prove extremely difficult, especially after a hard day’s work. But, as doctors have drilled into us for decades, breaking a sweat is vital for good health, both physically and mentally.

So, for those desperately looking for something that encourages them to work-out, look no further.

For the British Heart Foundation has devised a quiz which tells you which activity best suits you.

The survey asks just seven questions, including where you prefer to work out. The options range from exercising outside, in a studio or from the comfort of your own home.

Picture taken from British heart foundation quiz shows a group exercise class Outside. The first question asks where you prefer to work out. The options range from exercising outside, in a studio or from the comfort of your own home

Picture taken from British heart foundation quiz shows a group exercise class Outside. The first question asks where you prefer to work out. The options range from exercising outside, in a studio or from the comfort of your own home

The British Heart Foundation quiz, pictured above, finds out just how much you like to get your heart pumping when you work out. You can chose between exercising to the point where your heart is pumping but you can still hold a conversation to sweating and working so hard you can’t even chat to your mate

The British Heart Foundation quiz, pictured above, finds out just how much you like to get your heart pumping when you work out. You can chose between exercising to the point where your heart is pumping but you can still hold a conversation to sweating and working so hard you can't even chat to your mate

It goes on to ask if you mind getting a bit sweaty, as well as what you aim to get out of a work-out.

You then choose between just getting warm (which will raise your heart rate — but make it possible to still hold a conversation), or if you would prefer to push yourself until your heart is pounding and you can’t natter.

Whether you like to listening to music while working out and your budget for going to classes are also considered when choosing a fitness class.

It is then further narrowed down by how much exercise you usually do a week, with answers ranging from being active to doing nothing.

Options on what you would most like to improve are split into balance, strength and endurance.

It then asks you to select your preference on how you would like your work out to make you feel.

Possible answers range from calm and relaxed to having had good catch up with friends or feeling sweaty and like you have worked hard.

The results suggest grabbing your trainers and going for a run if you enjoy exercising outside and want a vigorous workout but don’t want it to break the bank.

Whether you like to listening to music while working out and your budget for going to classes are also considered when choosing a fitness class

Whether you like to listening to music while working out and your budget for going to classes are also considered when choosing a fitness class

The quiz, pictured above, asks what you will be focusing on and what you would like to improve. You can chose between balance, strength and endurance. The results of the quiz range from suggesting yoga to those who want to focus on balance and for strength and endurance Zumba, spin and running are given as suggestions

The quiz, pictured above, asks what you will be focusing on and what you would like to improve. You can chose between balance, strength and endurance. The results of the quiz range from suggesting yoga to those who want to focus on balance and for strength and endurance Zumba, spin and running are given as suggestions

The quiz asks how you want to feel after working out. Ranging from wanting to feel calm and relaxed or stretched to feeling like you have had a good catch up with your friends or with feeling sweaty and like you have worked hard

The quiz asks how you want to feel after working out. Ranging from wanting to feel calm and relaxed or stretched to feeling like you have had a good catch up with your friends or with feeling sweaty and like you have worked hard

It also suggests Zumba for those who want to workout in a lively studio to music. The upbeat dance class is designed to be a full body cardiovascular workout that is easy to learn and follow along in a group.

Yoga and Pilates are also suggestions for those who want to improve their balance with a more calming workout.

The low impact workouts are also good for people who do not have a high fitness level and are also unlikely to result in injury.

Walking is another form of exercise that shouldn’t be underestimated.

For those who have had an operation or a heart problem, walking is a good way to gradually gain confidence, according to British Heart Foundation.

Walking is recommended as a good social activity or even just a easy way to clear your mind.

Doing 150 minutes of exercise and physical activity a week can help you reduce your risk of heart disease, according to British Heart Foundation.

The charity says it can also help you to control your weight, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and improve your mental health, which will in turn help you to look and feel healthy.

HOW TO STAY HEALTHY THROUGH EXERCISE

Adults are encouraged to do some type of physical activity every day. Exercise just once or twice a week can reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke.

Over-18s should aim to:

  • Do strengthening activities that work all the major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms) on at least two days a week. This includes carrying heavy shopping bags, yoga, Pilates and lifting weights.
  • Do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity a week. Moderate activity includes brisk walking, riding a bike, dancing and doubles tennis. Vigorous activity includes running, swimming and riding a bike fast or on hills.
  • Spread exercise evenly over four to five days a week, or every day
  • Reduce time spent sitting or lying down and break up long periods of not moving with some activity

Adults can also achieve weekly activity target with:

  • Several short sessions of very vigorous intensity activity. This includes lifting heavy weights, circuit training and sprinting up hills.
  • A mix of moderate, vigorous and very vigorous intensity activity

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