Today marks the first in a weekly series of articles about how tech can help you get fit in 2014. By using tech tools you will be able to set your fitness goals, monitor your progress, and become more motivated to achieve your goals. Follow this Friday series to find out how tech can help you achieve a healthier 2014.
The country that gave us the catchy song, What Does the Fox Say? and the brilliant Jens-Petter Berget of Sly Marketing, has figured out how you can figure out how fit you are. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has developed a simple calculator to help you determine your fitness age.
Different from your biological age, your fitness age tells you the age at which your body is functioning, which may be older or younger than your actual age. Scientist at the NTNU discovered that measuring the body’s ability to use oxygen during exercise, called the VO2 rate, can measure your fitness age and predict your risk of cardiovascular issues and its effect on your estimated life span.
The NTNU study included over 4500 healthy Norwegians between 20 and 90 years old and measured their fitness age based upon their VO2 rate. The results of the study showed an average of 7% decrease per decade of a body’s VO2 rate. The good news was that active adults can slow this rate of decrease so that “active middle-aged people can have the same maximal oxygen uptake as 20-29 year olds.”
The bad news is that people whose VO2 rate was below the mean for their biological age, raising their fitness age, “were 4 to 8 times more likely to have a combination of more than three conventional cardiovascular risk factors…compared to the most fit quartile of subjects.”
You can read more about the results of the NTNU study at their Fitness Numbers website.
You can determine your VO2 rate and your fitness age using the NTNU calculator by answering some questions and perhaps get incentive to get fit in 2014 and increase your life span. The questionnaire asks about your locality, biological age, gender and other basic information. You then provide your height and weight and other health information. The calculator then determines your VO2 rate and your fitness age and compares it to the mean VO2 rate and fitness age for your biological age group.
Determining Your Fitness Age
To use the calculator to figure out your fitness age, head to the NTNU World Fitness Level website and answer the questions. You will need to take your resting heart rate so they suggest that you sit quietly for 10 minutes before taking your pulse.
If your fitness age is lower than your biological age, that’s great news and you should keep up the good work. If your fitness age is higher than your biological age, then 2014 is an ideal year for you to make fitness a goal.
Stay tuned to The Wonder of Tech for the Friday Tech + Fitness Series of articles to show you how tech can help you in your fitness journey of 2014.
Will you be joining us on our fitness journey in 2014? Did you take the fitness questionnaire? Were you surprised by the results? Are you making fitness a goal for 2014? Let us know in the Comments section below!
By the way, what does the fox say????
Now that she knows what foxes say, Carolyn is away from the Internet, busy at work as a fox interpreter. She will return to respond to comments on January 6, 2014.