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How Your Fitness Age Can Indicate Longevity

Seniors Exercising in Park

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  • Fitness age is based on your VO2max, which is the maximum amount of oxygen you can take in while exercising -- a measure of cardiovascular endurance
  • A high VO2max is healthier, and means you have a lower fitness age than chronological age
  • People with a low VO2max (and high fitness age) had an 82 percent higher risk of dying prematurely than those whose fitness age was the same as, or lower than, their chronological age
  • You can boost your VO2max, and lower your fitness age, by exercising, particularly at high-intensity

By Dr. Mercola

If you ask Sy Perlis, who broke a weightlifting record at the age of 91, or Tao Porchon-Lynch, who won ballroom dance competitions and taught multiple yoga classes a week at age 94, your chronological age really is just a number.

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