Hi there!! HAPPY Monday :D
How are you?! Did you have a FABULOUS Easter weekend?! I hope you enjoyed the Holiday!! Yesterday, was the first family gathering at our new house, since we moved back to the Valley! It's AWESOME being close to family again!! Our house was full of food (lol), lots of noise, games, and the kids HOP-ed around in an egg hunt...you're never too old, right?! :D They didn't really HOP around, it was more of a sprint...lol! Just saying!!
What's your fitness age?! You may not know it, but it's a crucial marker of your health! KEEP READING and find out how to turn back the clock!! YES, please :D
Forget what your driver's license says...lol! The most accurate measure of your body's age, not to mention the best predictor of living a long, healthy life, is your FITNESS AGE!! Even better, by getting more fit, you can actually subtract years, making your body healthier and younger, finds a study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology came up with a formula to calculate anyone's fitness age, based on stats gathered from 60,000 subjects. (Find it online and calculate yours at www.worldfitnesslevel.org.) Your age, weight, height, exercise habits, general activity levels, and resting pulse all factor into the equation.
A good goal is to have your fitness age match your chronological age. But the more years you can take off, the better your overall health. Researchers have frequently seen people cut their fitness age in half.
Lowering your fitness age is simpler than you may think. Just mix some high intensity interval training (HIIT) into your workout. Here's why: Study participants who had the highest VO2Max scores (a measure of how efficiently you use oxygen) were also the healthiest and lived the longest. HIIT is a proven method for increasing your VO2Max, so making high-intensity intervals part of your training can subtract years. HIIT also leads to key performance payoffs: A stronger heart pumps more blood to your muscles, which improves power and boosts endurance.
Start by pushing yourself to reach maximum effort levels for a few minutes during a couple of workouts each week :)
The number of additional years you could live by lowering your fitness age: TEN :D You got this!!!
Have a FITastic couple of days!
See you back here on Wednesday!!
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist