Age is just a number, right? Depends on how you look at it. We all know our chronological age, but how many of us know our fitness age? You might be with Susan McGalla scratching your head thinking, “What is that?” Your fitness age is the level of fitness and your ability to perform exercise especially cardiovascular endurance. Reportedly this is a better predictor of longevity than chronological age.
So how does one calculate their fitness age? It takes only five measurements of age, gender, waist circumference, resting heart rate and exercise habits. This can accurately predict a person’s VO2 mass, which is an abbreviation for volunteer’s peak oxygen intake. This type of testing was performed at Norwegian University and seems to be an accurate calculation for predicting fitness age. The scientists studied over 5,000 volunteers to develop this theory. The ages ranged from 20-90 years of age. Their aerobic capicity along with the above mentioned five factors all played a significant role in determining fitness age.
I guess the next question that comes to mind is how do I lower my fitness age if it is of a 90 year old and you are only 35 or 40 years old? First off if you smoke, you need to stop. Secondly, as good as that ice cream sundae tastes, your waistline says otherwise, and it might be better to reach for nonfat yogurt. Implementing 20-30 minutes of aerobic exercise every day into your schedule reaps excellent benefits by slimming your waist and also increasing your energy level and reducing blood pressure.