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Your "fitness age?"

Postby mokelumnekid » Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:19 pm

This article in the new York Times discusses research as to how to produce a simple metric called fitness age to assess ones state of fitness relative to normal parameters for a certain age, see article here:


If this link expires one can go directly to the calculator here:


From the article, "The researchers evaluated almost 5,000 Norwegians between the ages of 20 and 90, using mobile labs. They took about a dozen measurements, including height, body mass index, resting heart rate, HDL and total cholesterol levels. Each person also filled out a lengthy lifestyle questionnaire. Finally, each volunteer ran to the point of exhaustion on a treadmill to pinpoint his or her peak oxygen intake (VO2 max), or how well the body delivers oxygen to its cells. VO2 max has been shown in large-scale studies to closely correlate with significantly augmented life spans, even among the elderly or overweight. In other words, VO2 max can indicate fitness age."

For example in my case, I am 61, have a resting heart rate of 60, a 34 in (86 cm) waist and my estimated fitness age is 49 years old. They add a lot of extra info on how to improve that (by making it lower). One key thing is to have at least 4 minutes of high intensity exercise, but see article and link above for all the caveats. Obviously there are probably many aspects that aren't captured by a study of this kind but it does make some sense.

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Re: Your "fitness age?"

Postby ndwoods » Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:46 pm

I got part way thru it and it wouldn't take me to rest of test. Oh well. I think I'm pretty fit...I do Crossfit...:)
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