Blog Series Summary: Your Overall Exercise GPA
In the last video you identified your Cross-training GPA and to illustrate I’ve put a 1.0 on my board, because I’m guessing that most of us don’t cross-train. This simply means that we don’t mix it up and we tend to stick to our primary exercise, whether that’s walking, running, biking, etc.
I also put the 1.0 on the board to make the math easy. The easiest way to calculate your Overall Exercise GPA is to simply take the average score, which in this case conveniently works out at 2.0.
Now I know that each of the 6 forms of Exercise may not carry the same weight. For example, aerobic and strength may be higher than cross-training and stretching. But I’ll leave that to you to work out as everyone would apply different weighting. The key here is that each element of the BASICS is important.
How to Interpret Your Overall Exercise GPA
If your Overall GPA is:
4.0 – You should be very pleased because that’s the perfect score.
3.0 – You should also be pleased but there’s room for improvement and your individual scores will tell you where to look.
2.0 – This probably means you are just starting out with lots of room for improvement but you are moving in the right direction.
1.0 – There is only one way to go from here and that is up! You can quickly increase your GPA scores if you put your mind to it.
How To Improve Your Overall GPA
You can increase your Overall GPA by focusing on each of the elements of the BASICS, especially the ones where your current score is low. For example, Baseline Exercise is probably a big area of opportunity for most of us; I know it is for me!
Introducing strength exercises or developing them further is probably another great area of opportunity. Finally, gradually and progressively increasing the intensity of your exercise will pay big dividends.
BLOG Series – Your Exercise GPA
I hope the Exercise GPA series was helpful; if you have any comments or questions or if you would like to see any of the 8 videos again, they are available on my blog.
Until the next time remember my motto:
You don’t have to be fit to start, but you do have to start to be fit and healthy.
By Jim Kirwan