In today’s FITness world we typically deal with health and aesthetic goals.
- I need to get off my blood pressure medication.
- I have a family history of heart disease.
- I want to lose 60lbs.
- I’ll do ANYTHING for six pack abs!
All very good goals. All worthy accomplishments to drive towards. But what if there is more to being FIT?!?
Are you even FIT to save your own life??
In 1926, strong man and physical culture enthusiast Earle Liederman wrote a book called Endurance (LINK) In it, Liederman makes the case that everyone should be physically fit enough to save his own life in an emergency. He sets out 5 fitness benchmarks that indicate whether a someone is up to this task. None require you to be able to bench press 500 pounds or have six pack abs. Rather, the benchmarks focus on having the strength and endurance to run, swim, or pull yourself to safety. If you’re looking for a fitness goal, the five fitness benchmarks Liederman lists are a good place to start.
According to Liederman…
“Every man should be able to save his own life. He should be able to swim far enough, run fast and long enough to save his life in case of emergency and necessity. He also should be able to chin himself a reasonable number of times, as well as to dip a number of times, and he should be able to jump a reasonable height and distance.”
🏊♀️ Swim at least half a mile or more
🏃 Run at TOP speed 200 yards or more
🤾🏼♀️Jump over obstacles higher than your waist
🧗🏼♀️Pull your body upward by the strength of your arms, until your chin touches hands, at least 15 – 20 times.
😓 Dip btw parallel bars or btw 2 chairs at least 25 times or more.
If interested in testing out some of these benchmarks… We are participating in Park(ing) (LINK) brought to you by DTSF this Friday from 11a-2p at our downtown location. Come hang out for some fun, FUN and games.