Forget counting the candles on your birthday cake… how quickly you can blow them out is more indicative of how old your body truly feels. Science has long determined our “fitness age” as the body’s ability to utilise oxygen. For instance, you could be 45-years-old but have the fitness levels of a 25-year-old marathoner. Or you could be 30 and have the body of a sedentary 50-year-old. And needless to say, the lower your fitness age, the longer your lifespan.
Traditionally, however, calculating an individual’s fitness age has been arduous: you would have to be hooked up to a respiration mask, along with other scientific paraphernalia, and run on the treadmill till the point of exhaustion.
Thankfully, scientists at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have now developed a handy online calculator that works out your fitness age through 7 simple questions. The university’s researchers studied over 5,000 people aged between 20 and 90 to create this nifty health tool. The New York Times reports that researchers “took about a dozen measurements, including height, body mass index, resting heart rate, HDL, and total cholesterol levels. Each participant also ran on the treadmill and their peak oxygen intake (VO2 max) was measured.”
The results may give you pause for thought. A 35-year-old woman who exercises 2-3 times a week, sports a 32-inch waist and a resting heart rate of 70 will have a fitness age of 43. Thankfully, unwanted fitness years, unlike those marked by birthday candles, can be erased. Increase the frequency and intensity of your workouts and try some meditation… then replug your numbers and heave a sigh of relief as your “age” declines.
So what are you waiting for? Calculate your fitness age by clicking right here.
How did you do? Is your fitness age lower than your actual age?