Fitness Fact and Fiction Quiz


Fact or fiction: Exercising turns fat into muscle.

Fiction. Fat tissue and muscle tissue aren't the same, and one can't turn into the other.

How many steps should we aim for every day?

About 10,000 (which is about 5 miles).

How much physical activity is recommended for American adults?

150 total minutes every week meet federal government guidelines.

What is considered physical activity?

All of these are examples of physical activity.

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

False. Trade sit-ups for total body workouts to tame belly fat.

Which is not a good warm-up exercise?

Warm-up exercises should be dynamic, which hamstring stretches are not.

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

Immediately apply ice to an injured muscle.

Which weighs more, fat or muscle?

A pound of fat and a pound of muscle weigh the same -- a pound.

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

Washing dishes does count as physical activity, although a light one.

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

Mowing the lawn, while good exercise, is not considered vigorous.

Which is a benefit of being active?

All of these are possible benefits of exercise.

How many calories are in a pound of fat?

There are 3,500 calories in one pound of fat.

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

It's a myth that we need eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

About how many adults get the recommended amount of exercise?

Only an estimated 3 in 10 adults exercise regularly.

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

48 hours is the optimal recovery period post-exercise.

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

True, muscles burn calories while at rest to make energy to power your body.

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

Your shoes are important for preventing injury.

What does the "talk test" measure?

The "talk test" determines the intensity of your workout.

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

You can talk, but you can't sing, when you're getting moderate exercise.

What is "perceived exertion?"

This is how you feel about the intensity of your workout.

How much weight can you safely lose in one week?

Experts recommend no more than about 1 to 2 pounds.

Which celebrity shilled ThighMaster in the 1990s?

Suzanne Somers was the face of the '90s ThighMaster fitness fad.

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

This is bad advice. If exercise hurts, stop.

Why are resistance-training exercises important?

All of these are benefits of resistance training.

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

Begin with low-intensity exercises when you haven't exercised lately.

True or false: Running is bad for your knees.

False. Runners' knees are no more or less healthy than non-runners.

How many deaths are attributed to inactivity, worldwide?

6 percent of deaths are attributed to inactivity.

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

All of these states lack physical education requirements for students.

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

Kids and teens should get 60 minutes of moderately-intense physical activity every day.

True or false: Some exercise is better than none.

True. While more is better, some exercise is proven to be better than none.

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