Wednesday, July 01, 2015

New York Times Well Blog: Older Athletes have a Strikingly Young Fitness Age

Using the scientifically developed Norwegian Fitness Age Calculator a new study described in the New York Times Well Blog asked participants in the Senior Games to calculate their fitness age.  Questions include days of exercise per week, intensity, resting heart rate, height, and weight.
Virtually all Senior Games participants, 4200 of them, complied. Clearly this would be a gang that wanted to brag they were fit!
Their average chronological age was 68, their fitness age 43! These athletes are not pros, many taking up what one could say is a very active fitness oriented lifestyle later in life, but it is clear they train for their events and are not just taking a walk around the block or causal bike rides.
I am 58 and my fitness age is 36.
What is your Fitness Age? Try it at the link above.

Link to the New York Times article.

2 comments:

Harold L. Shaw said...

Got 33 and answered honestly ;-) hehehe

sam winebaum said...

Harold, my waist line 33 and weight 165 must have aged me a bit!