Its never too late to start exercising and improve your fitness; doing so has many health benefits. Even if you haven’t worked out in years, you can still begin a fitness program that works for you and will improve you overall health.
Did you know we all have a “fitness age”?
As well know exercising improves our cardiovascular fitness, overall strength, balance, flexibility and even improves mood and our mental health. However, did you know that we all have a fitness age? Our fitness age is determined primarily by measuring our cardiovascular endurance and is a better predictor of longevity than chronological age. Fitness age is determined by measuring your VO2max (how much oxygen you use during exercise). For example, assuming someone whose chronological age is 45 years old but has a VO2max score that is above average for that age, they scored the same as a 35 year old, then their heart and lungs are able to transport oxygen with the same efficiency as someone whose chronological age is 35 years old. In short, if you are 45 years old with an above average score then your fitness age is “younger” than your actual age. Conversely if your VO2max is below average for your age then you are “older” than your actual age in years.
While it’s difficult to test your VO2max at home, if you would like to determine your fitness age please click the following link to the Mayo Clinic article “How fit are you? See how you measure up“
The information is this article is not meant to diagnose or treat any illness. Please consult your doctor for all heath related issues and before beginning any exercise or nutrition program. Your doctor can help you determine an individualized plan that’s best for you.