Quite understandably, most people aren’t too excited about using a single number to summarize an entire aspect of their lives. After all, it seems so unsatisfactory – how can it possibly do you justice? But scientists, we love numbers. Numbers are not only convenient to work with, but there’s also something elegant in their simplicity. Numbers are nice.
So what’s your number?
I am – of course – referring to your fitness number… What’s a fitness number, you say? It’s a single number to tell you how fit you are, and therefore also revealing something important about your heart health.
Based on a study of 4,600 healthy Norwegians between 20 and 90, CERG researchers were able to make a model that uses information about how you exercise, your age, waistline and resting heart rate to calculate your fitness number.
Fitness is generally measured by finding the peak oxygen uptake, which also has proven to be a very good measure of cardiac health. It can even say something about the likelihood that your health will worsen in the short term. But measuring someone’s peak oxygen uptake is not always a practical test to run, and so the model really comes in handy. Moreover, you can find .
Check it out for yourself!
“Apocryphal scientific models are all well and nice,” I hear you say, “but how does this apply to me?” Set aside your skepticism and check it out for yourself! We made our model available through the nifty fitness calculator on our website, so you can find your number and compare yourself to others your sex and age. Exercise isn’t necessarily a competition (although it can be!), but on the other hand, you can put your fitness number to use and compete against yourself. Perhaps it’s that extra push you need to get off the couch and start exercising regularly?
So what is your fitness number? And more importantly, what are you going to do about it?