Fitness Fact and Fiction Quiz

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Fitness Fact and Fiction Quiz
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Show off your fitness IQ and your ThighMaster trivia prowess in our fitness quiz.
Fact or fiction: Exercising turns fat into muscle.
Fact
Fiction
Fiction. Fat tissue and muscle tissue aren't the same, and one can't turn into the other.

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How many steps should we aim for every day?
about 1,000
about 4,000
about 10,000
About 10,000 (which is about 5 miles).
about 20,000

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How much physical activity is recommended for American adults?
30 minutes per week
30 hours per week
150 minutes per week
150 total minutes every week meet federal government guidelines.

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What is considered physical activity?
walking
chores
sports
all of the above
All of these are examples of physical activity.
none of the above

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True or false: Sit-ups or crunches are best for losing belly fat.
True
False
False. Trade sit-ups for total body workouts to tame belly fat.

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Which is not a good warm-up exercise?
big arm circles
foam rolling
hamstring stretches
Warm-up exercises should be dynamic, which hamstring stretches are not.
high knees

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Which should you apply if you think you've strained a muscle?
ice
Immediately apply ice to an injured muscle.
heat
pressure

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Which weighs more, fat or muscle?
fat
muscle
This is a trick question.
A pound of fat and a pound of muscle weigh the same -- a pound.

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All of these daily activities are moderate exercise except which one:
raking leaves
vacuuming the house
washing dishes
Washing dishes does count as physical activity, although a light one.
walking the dog

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Which of the following is not an example of vigorous exercise?
mowing the lawn
Mowing the lawn, while good exercise, is not considered vigorous.
carrying more than 45 pounds
heavy snow shoveling
running

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Which is a benefit of being active?
strong bones
diabetes prevention
healthy blood pressure
all of these
All of these are possible benefits of exercise.
none of these

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How many calories are in a pound of fat?
500
1200
3500
There are 3,500 calories in one pound of fat.

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It's a myth that you should drink this much water every day:
2.5 glasses
4 glasses
8 glasses
It's a myth that we need eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
12 glasses

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About how many adults get the recommended amount of exercise?
1 in 10
2 in 10
3 in 10
Only an estimated 3 in 10 adults exercise regularly.
4 in 10

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How many hours of rest are recommended for muscles to heal after a workout?
12
24
48
48 hours is the optimal recovery period post-exercise.
72

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True or false: Muscles burn calories even when you're resting.
True
True, muscles burn calories while at rest to make energy to power your body.
False

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What's the most important piece of your workout gear?
heart-rate monitor
supportive clothing
good shoes
Your shoes are important for preventing injury.
padded socks

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What does the "talk test" measure?
intensity of exercise
The "talk test" determines the intensity of your workout.
your confidence in your workout
blood pressure level

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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 talk, but you can't sing, when you're getting moderate exercise.
You can get a word or two in between breaths.

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What is "perceived exertion?"
your pulse rate
your body fat percentage
how you feel about your workout's intensity
This is how you feel about the intensity of your workout.

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How much weight can you safely lose in one week?
about 0.5 to 1 pound
about 1 to 2 pounds
Experts recommend no more than about 1 to 2 pounds.
as much as you can

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Which celebrity shilled ThighMaster in the 1990s?
Jane Fonda
Suzanne Somers
Suzanne Somers was the face of the '90s ThighMaster fitness fad.
Kirstie Alley

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Is "no pain, no gain" good or bad advice?
good advice
bad advice
This is bad advice. If exercise hurts, stop.

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Why are resistance-training exercises important?
increase muscle mass
improve muscle tone
improved bone density
all of the above
All of these are benefits of resistance training.

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When starting a exercise program, at which level of activity should you begin?
flexibility
low-intensity physical activity
Begin with low-intensity exercises when you haven't exercised lately.
moderate-intensity physical activity

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True or false: Running is bad for your knees.
True
False
False. Runners' knees are no more or less healthy than non-runners.

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How many deaths are attributed to inactivity, worldwide?
1 percent
6 percent
6 percent of deaths are attributed to inactivity.
18 percent
27 percent

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Which of these states does not require students to take P.E.?
Alaska
Colorado
South Dakota
all of these states
All of these states lack physical education requirements for students.
none of these states

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How much moderate exercise should kids and teens get every day?
10 minutes
20 minutes
30 minutes
60 minutes
Kids and teens should get 60 minutes of moderately-intense physical activity every day.

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True or false: Some exercise is better than none.
True
True. While more is better, some exercise is proven to be better than none.
False

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