VO2MAX REVEALS YOUR FITNESS AGE
Can a 50-year old be as fit as 20-year old? Yes they can! At least if we consider VO2max.
VO2max is generally regarded as the best indicator of cardiorespiratory fitness. It reveals how much oxygen your body is able to consume during maximum effort. The higher your VO2max, the more oxygen your body can use – and the better your aerobic fitness.
Turn Back Time!
A person’s VO2max typically declines with age. Usually the peak is around your 20s and sometime in your 30s VO2max starts to decline, approximately by 10 percent per decade.
However, it is possible to boost your VO2max and turn back the clock.
The recipe is simple: aerobic exercise improves VO2max, whereas a sedentary lifestyle leads to low cardiorespiratory fitness.
Comparing your current VO2max to other people unlocks new insight. By looking at average fitness data for people older, younger, and the same age as you we can determine your fitness age.
If your VO2max is below average for your age group, your fitness age is older than your actual age and vice versa. If you have a good capacity for aerobic endurance, you might be much younger than your driver’s license says.
A 30-year old can have a fitness age between 20 and 79, depending on VO2max.
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(Source: Riikka Lamminen, Content Specialist, Firstbeat).