What's YOUR Fitness Age?

New calculator tells you if you're old beyond your years in just seven steps

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Do you struggle to climb the stairs or walk up a hill? 

Now there’s a website that will show if you really are old beyond your years – by calculating your true fitness age. 

By putting in simple measurements such as how much exercise you do, your waist measurement and resting heart rate, the website calculates how well your body delivers oxygen to the cells – a measurement called VO2 max.

Sedentary womanHow Bradley Wiggins' measurements square up

By stating how much exercise you do, your waist measurement and resting heart rate, the website calculates how well your body delivers oxygen to the cells – a measurement called VO2 max. The left picture shows the calculation for a sedentary, moderately overweight 40-year-old woman. The right picture shows the result using Bradley Wiggins’ vital statistics

The results can be somewhat terrifying – a sedentary, moderately overweight 40-year-old woman could have a fitness age of 54, for example.

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology found that putting just five measurements – waist circumference; resting heart rate; frequency and intensity of exercise; age; and sex – into an programme helped them predict a person’s VO2 max quite accurately.

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