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Fitness Fact and Fiction Quiz
by Staff
Show off your fitness IQ and your ThighMaster trivia prowess in our fitness quiz.

Fact or fiction: Exercising turns fat into muscle.

  • Fact
  • Fiction

How many steps should we aim for every day?

  • about 1,000
  • about 4,000
  • about 10,000
  • about 20,000

How much physical activity is recommended for American adults?

  • 30 minutes per week
  • 30 hours per week
  • 150 minutes per week

What is considered physical activity?

  • walking
  • chores
  • sports
  • all of the above
  • none of the above

True or false: Sit-ups or crunches are best for losing belly fat.

  • True
  • False

Which is not a good warm-up exercise?

  • big arm circles
  • foam rolling
  • hamstring stretches
  • high knees

Which should you apply if you think you've strained a muscle?

  • ice
  • heat
  • pressure

Which weighs more, fat or muscle?

  • fat
  • muscle
  • This is a trick question.

All of these daily activities are moderate exercise except which one:

  • raking leaves
  • vacuuming the house
  • washing dishes
  • walking the dog

Which of the following is not an example of vigorous exercise?

  • mowing the lawn
  • carrying more than 45 pounds
  • heavy snow shoveling
  • running

Which is a benefit of being active?

  • strong bones
  • diabetes prevention
  • healthy blood pressure
  • all of these
  • none of these

How many calories are in a pound of fat?

  • 500
  • 1200
  • 3500

It's a myth that you should drink this much water every day:

  • 2.5 glasses
  • 4 glasses
  • 8 glasses
  • 12 glasses

About how many adults get the recommended amount of exercise?

  • 1 in 10
  • 2 in 10
  • 3 in 10
  • 4 in 10

How many hours of rest are recommended for muscles to heal after a workout?

  • 12
  • 24
  • 48
  • 72

True or false: Muscles burn calories even when you're resting.

  • True
  • False

What's the most important piece of your workout gear?

  • heart-rate monitor
  • supportive clothing
  • good shoes
  • padded socks

What does the "talk test" measure?

  • intensity of exercise
  • your confidence in your workout
  • blood pressure level

What's an easy way to see if you're getting a moderately intense workout?

  • You can easily talk and sing.
  • You can talk, but you can't sing.
  • You can get a word or two in between breaths.

What is "perceived exertion?"

  • your pulse rate
  • your body fat percentage
  • how you feel about your workout's intensity

How much weight can you safely lose in one week?

  • about 0.5 to 1 pound
  • about 1 to 2 pounds
  • as much as you can

Which celebrity shilled ThighMaster in the 1990s?

  • Jane Fonda
  • Suzanne Somers
  • Kirstie Alley

Is "no pain, no gain" good or bad advice?

  • good advice
  • bad advice

Why are resistance-training exercises important?

  • increase muscle mass
  • improve muscle tone
  • improved bone density
  • all of the above

When starting a exercise program, at which level of activity should you begin?

  • flexibility
  • low-intensity physical activity
  • moderate-intensity physical activity

True or false: Running is bad for your knees.

  • True
  • False

How many deaths are attributed to inactivity, worldwide?

  • 1 percent
  • 6 percent
  • 18 percent
  • 27 percent

Which of these states does not require students to take P.E.?

  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • South Dakota
  • all of these states
  • none of these states

How much moderate exercise should kids and teens get every day?

  • 10 minutes
  • 20 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • 60 minutes

True or false: Some exercise is better than none.

  • True
  • False