Most times the media only shows us the extremes of physical health: either we see someone extremely overweight or someone with a rock solid physique. Most of our body types linger between the two. How can you really tell you’re out of shape? It doesn’t mean you have to put on more weight to be “officially” out of shape. Often, the signs are more subtle.
1. You’re tired all the time
When you see people working out at the gym and expending lots of energy, you probably think they are likely to be way more exhausted. This is actually not the case. Regular exercise increases your endurance and strength, and it improves cardiovascular health.
When you skip a workout because you’re feeling too tired, you’re actually not doing yourself any favors, and you’re likely to remain more tired because you don’t have the same pump of oxygen in your blood stream as you would during a work out.
2. Sex isn’t as gratifying.
Sex has biological and emotional benefits. When you are close to the person you are attracted to, your body releases the hormone oxytocin, creating a natural high. Partner this with the physical feat of having sex and you leave feeling satisfied — unless you are out of shape. The more endurance and strength you have, the better the sex will be. Targeting the hip area with weight training will improve your performance too.
3. Walking up stairs leaves you winded
This is one of the tell-tale signs you’re out of shape. When you’re not regularly doing cardio, your body gets more tired by how much oxygen is needed to mount a steep incline. Athletes even know that climbing stairs will use more oxygen, so if you are out of shape, your body doesn’t efficiently carry oxygen to all of your cells.
If you start feeling your legs grow tired, it means you are lacking in muscular strength as well.