Thursday 7 November 2013

Calculating your Fitness Age and V02 Max

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have managed to come up with a non exercise based test that can be used to work out your V02 max and your fitness age. They tested more than 4,600 healthy Norwegians between 20 and 90 and, based on the results, were able to put together this test. Its a great indicator of the health of your cardio vascular system and easily enables you to compare your health against the average for a healthy population.

You can try the test out here.

V02 max reflects the level of fitness of an individual. Technically it measures the maximum capacity of your body's ability to transport and use oxygen.

Your fitness age tells you which age group your fitness level is equivalent to. This is based on the average for each age group. You can see the averages here.

So the higher your V02 max the better and the lower your fitness age the better.

I gave it a crack and was pleasantly surprised with the results. I did not expect to have the fitness age of a male less than 20 years old and my V02 max is quite high for my age. Goes to show how important exercise is for your cardio vascular health.

Fitness age and V02 max
My fitness age and V02 max.

Give the test a go and keep on running, swimming and cycling!

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