Is Your "Hard Core" Healthy?

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Is Your "Hard Core" Healthy?

Racking up miles, earning a promotion, and burning the midnight oil can be a winning— or a downright dangerous—combination. Test your lifestyle balance with this quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Who doesn’t love a good road ride to raise your heart-rate? Yours gets up to:
    • A. 

      65 percent of your max, but you push it higher on the hill-climb bursts.

    • B. 

      99 percent of your max. You know it’s a good ride if you puke and then pass out.

    • C. 

      35 percent of your max. You like to sing while you ride and if you push too hard you can’t hit the high notes.

  • 2. 
    You stayed up late last night to win a tequila-fueled dance-a-thon, on today’s agenda:
    • A. 

      Carbo-loading and catching up on the last three seasons of Law and Order.

    • B. 

      Sleeping in until 9 a.m., hydrating, and a casual hike before a healthy dinner.

    • C. 

      An early wake-up-call for a technical all-day mountain-bike ride through the desert

  • 3. 
    Before a long run, I spend a few minutes:
    • A. 

      Waiting for my iPod to turn on.

    • B. 

      Sprinting

    • C. 

      Stretching

  • 4. 
    Kayaking sounds like fun, but you’re boat-less. When a friend lends you hers, you:
    • A. 

      Sign up for a lesson to learn some basics before taking it into whitewater.

    • B. 

      Prop it up in the garage. It looks great beside those skis you’ve never used.

    • C. 

      Put in on the biggest river you can find. So what that there’s a flash-flood warning?

  • 5. 
    Your shoulder’s been sore, but with your first triathlon approaching, you need to stay in shape for the swim by:
    • A. 

      Buying a super-sized bottle of ibuprofen and pulling 100 laps per day. No pain, no gain.

    • B. 

      Cross training. You can rest your out-of-whack arm but stay all-around strong.

    • C. 

      Tanning. If you’re not fit, you can at least look the part of a seasoned swimmer.

  • 6. 
    Detox dieting means:
    • A. 

      A few weeks of whole, organic foods and lots of water.

    • B. 

      Laying off the chips and Twinkies for a week.

    • C. 

      Nothing but water, lemon and cayenne for 10 days.

  • 7. 
    You could use some new sticks before ski season hits full swing. What can you drop from the family budget?
    • A. 

      Food, gas, utility bills, and Christmas gifts for the kids.

    • B. 

      An occasional dinner out. You’ll save double by cooking and not shelling out to the sitter.

    • C. 

      The gym membership and the running shoes you also need to replace.

  • 8. 
    A big work project was stressful, but now that it’s finished, you’re taking a few days to:
    • A. 

      Organize your garage. It’s been so long since you’ve used your gear, it’s a mess.

    • B. 

      Jump back into your marathon training plan. It’s no big deal to go from 5 to 20 miles, is it?

    • C. 

      Overnight and hike in the nearest national park.

  • 9. 
    Surprise! School and work are cancelled. How will you spend a whole day with the kids?
    • A. 

      Nothing changes, you’ll e-mail all morning and haul them screaming on your 5-mile run.

    • B. 

      Did somebody say movie marathon? You’ll fuel it with a homemade batch of brownies.

    • C. 

      Pack everyone up for a hike. It’s just 2 miles to the fam’s favorite lakeside picnic spot.

  • 10. 
    Prepping for this weekend’s family camping trip took a backseat to work, but you managed to organize:
    • A. 

      Campground reservations, sleeping bags, the first-aid kit, and s’mores for everyone.

    • B. 

      Your desk and file cabinet, a permit to tag a big summit, and moleskin for the kids.

    • C. 

      A couple of makeshift shelters and a pizza delivery to campsite “Backyard Bliss.”

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