You might actually be older than someone’s grandmother
These same researchers found out that VO2max is pretty telling: a reading that’s below average for your age (you want it to either equal or surpass the expected number for your age) ups your risk for metabolic syndrome, which could lead to heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. In other words: the lower your fitness age, the higher your VO2max, the better off you’ll be.
Assuming it’s in that sweet spot, your fitness age also proves that staying fit and healthy is a wise investment -- one that keeps you young. “It’s going to benefit you by decreasing the rate at which you age,” says fitness expert Pamela Peeke, MD, a member of the National Senior Games Association Foundation Board.
Peeke (a senior Olympic triathlete herself), together with Ulrik Wisloff, the professor who spearheaded the development of the fitness age calculator, used the calculation with a select group of people: senior Olympic athletes competing in this year’s National Senior Games. The results? Yeah, they’re kind of amazing. The average fitness age of the senior athletes is a good 25 years below their actual age.
Carry this logic out, and you can see the implications: a horribly out-of-shape 30-year-old might have a fitness age of 55, while a super-fit 75-year-old grandmother might have a fitness age of 50. All of a sudden, you just leapfrogged into another generation.
So someone’s grandma or grandpa may be “younger” than you are right now, depending on how active you are. An extreme example, to be sure, but the takeaway totally applies to people without Olympic aspirations, too.