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9 signs you're in good shape — even if you think you aren’t
Business Insider4/13/2018 4:13:00 PM


You're working out, trying to eat healthily, and get enough sleep, yet it feels like nothing is working. Looking in the mirror doesn't help, nor does stepping on the scale, which leaves you wondering: "Am I really in shape?"

Just because it feels like you're not in shape, doesn't mean you're slacking on your health. There are all sorts of ways to measure your fitness and health levels that have nothing to do with how your muscles look or how your pants feel. Here are 10 signs you're in shape even if you think you aren't.

Your heart rate is where it should be

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"People who are in great physical shape, have a lower heart rate," TEAM Athlete Nikki Walter, told INSIDER. Their heart pumps more efficiently and harder (strong beats). Check it in the morning for the most accurate reading. A normal heart rate is from 60-100 beats per minute (bpm). A number higher than this may indicate high blood pressure, heart disease or other concerns.

You can keep up with your friends on a walk or jog

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Can you keep up with your peers? Walk or jog at a moderate pace, hiking, climb stairs. If you're breathing heavily you may be out of shape. However, if your breathing feels in control and you're able to keep up with your fit friends, you might be in better shape than you think.

Your recovery time rocks


Walter recommends paying attention to your recovery time. "If your heart rate is in the healthy zone in less than five minutes you're in good shape." The faster back to normal, the better in shape you are in. She recommends you take your pulse right after you're done working out and then every minute after to see how quickly it goes down.

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