The Jewish High Holidays are a time to reflect. I’ve put together a fun, informal quiz that may shed some light on the type of lifestyle you currently lead.
Begin by answering each question.
1. How often do you weigh yourself?
A-Daily; B-Weekly; C-When I overeat; D-Never. I don’t care.
2. Can you run 100 metres without stopping?
A-Yes; B-No; C-I don’t know; D-Why would I?
3. Which grocery label most appeals to you?
A-Low-sodium; B-Gluten-free; C-Low-fat; D-Super-sized.
4. How many squats can you do in one minute?
A-More than 20; B-10 to 20; C-Less than 10; D-Oy! My tuchas hurts just thinking about it!
5. What’s in your kitchen pantry?
A-Flax seeds; B-Lentils; C-Cookies; D-Not much. I ate all the cookies last night.
6. What’s your favourite potato dish?
A-Sweet potatoes (lower on the glycemic index); B-Any potatoes boiled or baked; C-Mashed with cream, salt and butter; D-Poutine.
7. When do you visit a medical doctor?
A-As recommended; B-As recommended, but sometimes I forget to go; C-When I’m really sick; D-Never. I’m afraid what he/she may find.
8. When did you last have a vigorous workout?
A-Today; B-This week; C-This month; D-1992.
9. What would you do if your clothes felt tight?
A-Improve my dietary and exercise habits; B-Eat less; C-Exercise more; D-Buy a new wardrobe.
10. Which song lyric best represents you?
A-“Work it harder, make it better.” (Daft Punk); B-“I am the champion.” (Katy Perry); C-“So eat it. Eat it.” (Weird Al Yankovic); D-“Here for a good time, not a long time.” (Trooper)
Score 1 point for each A, 2 points for each B, 3 points for each C and 4 points for each D. Add up your score.
10 to 12 points: The Cleaner. You are very health conscious. You make exercise and what some call “clean eating” a high priority. You take ownership of your wellness and make no excuses. You seek professional help as needed to maximize your health and fitness. Be careful not to obsess about food, exercise or your appearance.
13 to 22 points: The Keener. You try to take care of yourself, but you don’t always make your well-being a priority. You sometimes fall prey to current fitness and diet fads or misinformation. Get information from more reliable sources.
23 to 30 points: The Gleaner. You pick and choose what’s convenient. You sporadically attend to your health needs with a crash diet or exercise. Your efforts are often short-lived and leave you feeling disappointed. You may benefit from fitness coaching and nutritional guidance.
31 to 40 points: The Wiener. You prefer to enjoy life in the present with little regard for health consequences. You may laugh off your bad eating habits and deny that your health or appearance troubles you. Nothing will change until you decide to make a real commitment to yourself and seek help.
I hope the quiz provided a few laughs and some serious food for thought. May you be inscribed in the Book of Life. May God bless you with the will to improve your fitness and overall health.
Gloria Schwartz is a personal trainer at the Soloway JCC and the author of Personal Best: Train Your Brain and Transform Your Body for Life.