**This is a re-post from an entry I shared on an old blog years ago and I figured I would spruce it up and share it again!**
“I’m feeling old!”
“My age sure is catching up to my body”
“I must not be as young as I once was!”
Whether you are attempting a strenuous workout, or simply getting out of bed, we’ve all been there and thought that at one point or another.
So is our age really catching up with us? And are our bodies as old as we sometimes feel? I found an article in a magazine that caught my interest, and though it may not be completely accurate, I found it fun and still somewhat motivating to keep a healthy and active lifestyle.
In two parts, this article arranged a questionnaire you could easily do at home to calculate what your body’s age really is compared to what your birth age is. I’ll write my information out as we go so you can more easily follow along.
1. Write down your real age: 28
2. Take your hip measurement in inches: (remember, at your hips you do measure over some butt. Measure over the widest locations of both hips and your tush.) 34
3. Take your waist measurement in inches: (remember, the waist should be the smallest part of the midsection, generally right beneath the rib cage.) 25.5
4. Divide your hip measurement by your waist measurement: 34/25.5=1.33
If less than .816 +4 years
If .816 or higher do nothing
New Age: 28
5. Take your resting heart rate by placing two fingers (never your thumb) on your wrist below your thumb. Count the number of beats in 30 seconds and multiply by 2: 58
Remember, many factors will influence a true resting heart rate… being previously active, your daily coffee, a head cold and much more…the best time to take this is first thing in the morning. Lucky for us, so many gadgets can measure this for us. I wear a FitBit, and my average resting heart rate was 58, so I used that.
54 to 59 -4 years
60 to 64 -2 years
65 to 72 -1 year
73 to 76 +2 years
77 and more + 4 years
New Age: 24
6. Sit on the floor with your back straight, legs together and arms out in front of you at shoulder level. Mark on the floor directly below your fingertips. Reach forward slowly, (breathe out as you reach) keeping your legs straight. Mark where your fingertips reach and then measure the distance between the two marks.
0 to 10 inches +3 years
10.1 to 15 inches +2 years
15.1 to 16 inches -1 year
16.1 inches and more -3 years
New Age: 21
7. Do as many modified pushups (on your knees, keeping your body straight and lowering your chest within 4 inches of the floor) as you can without stopping: I stopped at 40
0 to 4 reps +2 years
5 to 24 reps +1 year
25 to 39 reps -1 year
40 or more reps -2 years
New Age: 19
7. Sit with your back and shoulders parallel to a wall and your feet pointed straight ahead with your knees bent to a 90 degree angle. Hold that wall-sit position for as long as you can and time yourself in seconds: I stopped at 90 seconds
0 to 30 seconds +2 years
31 to 60 seconds +1 year
61 to 90 seconds -1 year
90 or more seconds -2 years
New Age: 17
Fill in the answers and then add up the points until the end to see results.
A. I typically eat ___ times a day (including snacks): Five or more times =4
B. I eat high-fat or fried snacks ___: Rarely/Never= 3.5
Regularly (7 or more times a week)=1
Sometimes (4 to 6 times a week)=2
Rarely (0 to 3 times a week)=3
C. I eat meals or snacks that include fruits or vegetables ___: Regularly= 4
Rarely (1 to 5 times a week)=2
Sometimes (6 to 9 times a week)=3
Regularly (10 or more times a week)=4
I ___ avoid processed foods that contain trans fat, saturated fat, and large amounts of sodium, and sugar: Almost always, 3.5
Rarely (it doesn’t alter my buying or eating habits)=2
Sometimes (I try to buy and eat the right things, sometimes I slip)=3
Almost Always (I purposely avoid buying or eating foods that contain these things)=4
0 to 9 points +3 years
10 to 12 points +2 years
13 to 15 years -2 years
16 to 17 points= -3 years
FINAL AGE AFTER ADDING/SUBTRACTING RESULTS FROM YOUR AGE IN PART ONE: 15
If you are older than your actual age, here are some little things you can do to make a difference:
- Get active! Add 30 to 45 minutes of your choice of cardio to your daily routine.
- Stretch and increase your range of motion.
- Ask for nutritional guidance and start eating real, whole foods that fuel your body
If you are your actual age:
- Maintain your muscle because around age 25 cells start to break down and decrease easier. (I can be a witness to this. And after having babies, you work twice as hard to keep half as much muscle!)
- Fight aging with foods such as antioxidants.
If you are younger than your actual age:
- Keep pushing your heart harder by high-intensity interval workouts.
- Keep watching your waist. The trick isn’t always watching the weight but where the weight goes as we age.
Thanks to Women’s Health Magazine back in 2010!