In an article posted by the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, it is said that physiological age (Age Based on Exercise Stress Testing or A-BEST Score) is the best indicator or predictor of death than chronological age. What does that even mean? Based on this study, heart performance scores with lower physiological scores than chronological ages were people who were likely to live longer than their peers in their same age group. In comparison, those who scored a higher physiological score than their chronological age, didn’t out live their peers.
Out of 126,356 study participants, the average age was 53.5 years and 59% were men. “More than half of patients aged 50-60 years — 55% of men and 57% of women — were physiologically younger according to A-BEST. After an average follow-up of 8.7 years, 9,929 (8%) participants had died. As expected, the individual components of A-BEST were each associated with mortality.”
Isn’t it funny that common saying seems to hold some truth, “It’s not how old you are, it’s how old you feel.”
How insane is that? Your lifespan can be extended as long as you put in work to strengthen your cardiovascular system. So whether you’re 20 or 60, exercise can help you enjoy life to the fullest and can possibly extend it too! If that isn’t motivation to get into the gym, I don’t know what is.
Link to the article can be found here!