Are you fitter than the Crown Prince of Norway?


 

The Crown Prince of Norway tested his fitness using our Fitness Calculator during an event at Egertorget in Oslo at the World Activity Day in May – and as expected he was quite fit.

Physical fitness is key to a long, healthy life. Your body’s ability to transport and use oxygen during exercise is the most precise measure of overall cardiovascular fitness. The more oxygen your body can transport and utilize, the higher your maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) and hence your cardiovascular fitness. Your fitness depends, among other things, on your age, gender and how often and how hard you train. You can increase your fitness though training!

To av løperne på "Kung Sture" tester kondisen på NextMove kjernefasilitet før St. Olavsloppet. Foto: CERG/Andrea Hegdahl Tiltnes

Runner testing his VO2max in our lab.

“Fitness is normally measured as VO2max in a laboratory setting on either a cycle or a treadmill. The cost and complexity of fitness testing make it impractical for routine test. This is one of the reasons why we developed this tool”, says Professor Ulrik Wisloff, leader of K.G. Jebsen Center of Exercise in Medicine.

Another reason is that VO2max is shown to be the single best predictor of longevity and good health. A new statement from the American Heart Association that will be published later this year highlight that VO2max should be assessed (either by a direct test or by acceptable non-exercise algorithms) in every person at least yearly to better identify persons at risk for lifestyle related diseases.

“Making the Apps for smartphones makes our tool easily available for most people, and it may be motivating to “know your number” and it may contribute to help people take more responsibility of their own health”, says Wisloff.

Based on the extensive research of Cardiac Exercise Research Group, you can now easily estimate your fitness level by answering a few questions without the need for laboratory, equipment or exercise! To test your fitness now visit our web or download our free World Fitness Level app for Android or iPhone.

Read also: Test your fitness level – see your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease

Read also: Increased fitness protected against the risk of sitting still

Nina Zisko, PhD Candidate at CERG

 

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