Sometimes we need a little inspiration when it comes to sticking with a healthy lifestyle. Unlike blood pressure readings, waist measurements, weight, etc, actual fitness may be harder to measure in specific numbers. However, the New York Times Magazine reports that researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, after evaluating 5000 Norwegians, have developed a method for estimating what they call "fitness age."
They have posted an online calculator using chronological age, waist measurement, resting heart rate, and a couple of questions about exercise habits. Although this seems a bit simple, the researchers believe it could be a pretty fair indicator of current and future health.
At any rate, it may be inspirational for many people. If your number looks good, your competitive spirit may be inspired to see just how much better you can score. If your number looks bad, it may just be the wake-up call you need to start rethinking your lifestyle. Give it a try and see what your fitness age is.
The New York Times blog can give you more information on the study and the development of the calculator.