People like the idea of being fit and healthy. Some people have a good idea on where they are in terms of fitness level. But a lot may not really know if they are fit or already out of shape. The only way to know is to look for the signs. Here are some that will tell you that you are out of shape.
High resting heart rate.
It is okay to have a high heart rate when you are doing physical activities. It can go from around 60 to 100 beats per minute on a normal resting period. It can increase while you exercise or go on a run. But if your normal resting heart rate goes more than 100 beats a minute or if you feel that your heart is always racing even when you are at rest, then it is a sign that you are not in shape. Your heart may be working overtime just to get your circulation in motion. You can work on lowering your normal resting heart rate by physical activity and exercise.
You feel tired all the time.
If you feel tired just by simply looking at people exercising inside a gym, then you might already be out of shape. If any physical exertion makes you feel tired after only a few minutes, then you are seriously out of shape. Ironically, the best way to address this is by engaging in more physical activities. Adding exercise and activity helps your body slowly adapt after some time. While it may seem like too much exertion at first, your body will eventually grow accustomed to it. Soon enough, you will feel more energetic and may need to add more time to your activities to improve further.
Your heart rate take a long time to go down after exercise.
When you exercise, your heart rate can increase from around 140 to 190 beats per minute. It is trying to pump up more oxygen throughout your body where it is needed. When you stop your activity to rest, your heart rate will start to slow down by 20 beats per minute until it gets to the normal 60 to 100 beats per minute. But if you notice that it takes too long for your heart rate to go down, then it is a sign that you are not in shape yet. Regular exercise and the proper diet can help you improve on it, depending on your age.