Measuring the health of your cardiovascular system is a better way to gauge your longevity than simply looking at your chronological age, the New York Times reported Oct. 15.
Cardiovascular endurance is the measure used to define your “fitness age,” which in turn can help predict how long you will live. Endurance is calculated by checking your VO2max, a measure of your ability to take in and use oxygen.
A simplified tool for measuring your fitness age was recently published online. If you take the test and find that your fitness age isn’t where you’d like it to be, experts have some simple advice for improving your score: just exercise.
“There is a huge benefit, larger than any known medical treatment, in improving your fitness level to what is expected for your age group or, even better, to above it,” says reseacher Ulrik Wisloff of the K.G. Jebsen Center for Exercise in Medicine at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
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