We work out HARD at the gym but do our sweat sessions really help us live longer?
According to the New York Times Magazine, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim have developed a remarkably low-tech means of precisely assessing aerobic fitness and estimating your “fitness age,” or how well your body functions physically, relative to how well it should work, given your age.
A youthful fitness age, Dr. Ulrik Wisloff, the director of the K. G. Jebsen Center of Exercise in Medicine at the Norwegian University and the senior author of the study says, “is the single best predictor of current and future health.”
Without going to a lab, the online calculator asks your gender, age, how often you exercise, the length of your workouts, how hard you train, your waistline measurements, and your resting pulse to determine your fitness age. Your “fitness age” shows how well your body functions physically given your age.