Thursday, November 7, 2013

What's Your Fitness Age?

Hello friends! I've been feeling kind of tired these days, but somehow I managed to do 40 minutes on the elliptical machine today. For some reason, it just makes me feel so good and refreshed. Even when I'm feeling tired and fatigued, exercise can always make me feel new again. Do you get the same feeling?

I want to show you guys an interesting "fitness age" calculator that determines your VO2 Max level and estimated fitness age. The fitness calculator is based on simple calculations, such as how much you exercise, your waist measurement and resting heart rate.

Once you plug in the numbers, the calculator will determine how well your body delivers oxygen to your cells and it will tell you what your fitness age is.

I gave it a try (pre-pregnancy waist measurement and resting heart rate) and the calculator told me I was at a VO2 Max of 49 and my fitness age is younger than 20 (maybe that's why I feel so young?!). Not too shabby!

Here's a chart of what your VO2 Max level should be based on your gender and age:

 
In case you're wondering what VO2 Max stands for, it's basically the volume of oxygen you can consume while exercising at your maximum capacity. People who are really fit have higher VO2 Max levels because they can exercise more intensely for longer periods of time than those who are not well conditioned. A person's VO2 Max level is a good measurement of their fitness level because it's based on their heart rate while exercising.
 
Here's the website: http://www.ntnu.edu/cerg/vo2max. Give it a try!!! You might be shocked by the results!
 
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I'm grateful for the little
surprises I get every now and then.

 
 


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2 comments:

  1. How accurate do you think this is? There's no way my Vo2 is 51 (I'm 31)! That would put me in the excellent category! The website said my fitness age is younger than 20, you're way more in shape than me!! Granted I do run a lot (I'm just overweight, LOL!) Although I do like the results :)

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  2. That's awesome!!! Hey, just because you might think you're overweight it doesn't mean you're not in shape. Bravo to you! Keep it up =)

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