Your age, some may say, is just a number. But do you know what’s more important? It’s your fitness age. You’re probably thinking, what exactly do you mean fitness age? Well, it’s basically how well the body functions physically compared to how well it should actually be working – given the person’s age.
So, here’s the interesting bit. According to a recent study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, a person’s fitness age (determined primarily by a measure of cardiovascular endurance) is a better predictor of longevity than their actual age. The best part is, unlike your actual age, your fitness age can decrease! Oooh.. Sounds like a good reason to keep yourself motivated to stay in shape right? So next time someone asks you about your age, give them your fitness age!
“How old are you?”
“I’m 21” – yeah right :)
Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim have found that by doing a calculation based on simple measurements such as age, sex, waist circumference, resting heart rate, frequency and intensity of exercise – it can assess your VO2 max, which is how well your body delivers oxygen to the cells. Normally a test like this would require high tech equipment and actual exercise tests with the respiration masks and running to the point of exhaustion on the treadmills.. but now you can do it online – without doing all that, phew! Amazing right?!
You can calculate your fitness age here.
The lower your fitness age is from your actual age, the higher your chances are of living a longer life. If it’s higher than your actual age, then it’s a wakeup call for you to get back into shape, exercise and improve your health and fitness.
So, how well did you do?