Getting in shape is a common goal for the New Year. Before you start an exercise or weight loss program you may want to have a fitness test to determine your current status and to assess improvement as you progress through the program. If you join a gym, a fitness assessment may be required. This is wise, because a fitness test is important for determining a safe and effective exercise recommendation. It also provides a baseline for you to realize your improvement. This is the topic of my Health & Fitness column in the Aiken Standard this week.