Whether you are just starting out in your fitness journey or have been maintaining an active lifestyle for awhile, you’d want to know what your current fitness level is. It helps to know how far along you need to go to get to the level you want to be or how much you have improved compared to when you started. One way of measuring this is by finding our your fitness age.
Fitness age vs Chronological age
Fitness age is different from chronological age. Your chronological age is based on your birth date. Meanwhile, your fitness age may be higher or lower than your chronological age. Your fitness age can actually give you an insight on your potential life span.
Researchers from The K. G. Jebsen Center of Exercise in Medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology has formulated a calculator that can compute your fitness age. The concept of fitness age is based on your VO2 max which is the maximum volume of oxygen that you intake during a workout. They have developed an algorithm that computes VO2 max and subsequently, your fitness age, by taking into account your heart rate, waist circumference, exercise habits and more.
Fitness Age Calculator
In 2015, they tried out this method on athletes competing in the National Senior Games (also known as Senior Olympics). Impressively, the average fitness age of the athletes were 25 years younger than their chronological age is (as reported by the New York Times).
Curious to know what your fitness age is? Try it out here.
Now, don’t be discouraged if your fitness age is higher than your chronological age. You can actually improve this. All you have to do is develop a more active lifestyle. Get off that couch and exercise a little bit more.
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