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Testing Your Body Age

Posted by Paulette on July 23, 2000 at 13:12:22:

Hi, DR Stoll

Reviewed this article this morning and wanted to learn your opinion of it's contents. I'll be going to the gym shortly in order to reduce some of my stress level & my way of exercising in the pool.

Understand excersise is part of the means of obtaining wellness, however, what type is suitable for majority of individuals. My chronological age present is "49", however, my body feels more like 65 years of age.:-( My Dad is 77 and he can practically run circles around me, so his body age is more like "49".:-)


Take Care Of Yourself


"Testing Your Body Age

You know how many candles lit up your last birthday cake. But that number -- your chronological age -- may be very different from your physiological age, depending on how fit you are.

Regular exercise can slow several key aspects of aging-such as loss of muscle and bone--allowing physically active adults to perform like someone much younger than their years. Physical declines can start in the twenties if people are sedentary, notes Susan Johnson, director of continuing education at the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research in Dallas. But at any age, staying fit can slow these declines.

"Physiologically, you can be a lot younger than you are chronologically if you work out," Johnson says.

Of course you also can be older than your years if you're a sofa spud. But exercise can help boost your fitness at any age, so it's never too late to work out and turn back the clock.

Try these self-tests, adapted from research done at the Cooper Institute. Comparing your scores with the norms for your age and sex can give you a good indication of how fit you are. The numbers also can provide a good baseline to compare yourself with six weeks or six months from now. When you see that you started out being able to do only as many sit-ups as the average 60-year-old, then after working out for two months, could do as many as the average 30-year-old, that's a great motivator.

Upper Body Strength: Perform as many push-ups as you can in one minute. Men should have only their hands and toes touching the floor; women can use the "modified" position, with their hands and knees touching the floor. The average score for women in their twenties is 26, in their thirties is 21, in their forties is 15, in their fifties is 13 and over sixty is 8. The average score for men in their twenties is 33, in their thirties is 27, in their forties is 21, in their fifties is 15 and over sixty is 15.

Abdominal Strength: Perform as many sit-ups as you can in one minute, keeping your knees bent, feet flat on the floor, arms at your sides and palms down with fingers extended. Curl up only until your shoulder blades lift off the floor, and let your fingers slide forward along the floor about three inches. An "intermediate" range for women in their twenties is 25 to 45, in their thirties is 20 to 40, in their forties is 18 to 35, in their fifties is 12 to 30 and over sixty is 11 to 25. The intermediate range for men in their twenties is 30 to 50, in their thirties is 22 to 45, in their forties is 21 to 40, in their fifties is 18 to 35, and over sixty is 15 to 30.

Flexibility: To gauge the flexibility of your lower back and hamstrings, tape a yardstick to the floor, then place a foot-long strip of tape perpendicular to the yardstick at the 15-inch mark. Take off your shoes and sit on the floor with your legs straight, straddling the yardstick with the "0" end closest to your groin and your heels on the piece of tape at the 15-inch mark. Place one hand on top of the other and lean forward slowly with your legs straight, reaching as far forward along the yardstick as you can without bending your knees. Your score is the point at which your fingertips touch the yardstick at maximum reach.

The average score for a woman in her twenties is 20", in her thirties is 19", in her forties is 18", in her fifties is 17.9" and over 60 is 16.4". The average score for a man in his twenties is 17.5", in his thirties is 16.5", in his forties is 15.3", in his fifties is 14.5" and over sixty is 13.5".

Aerobic Fitness. Timing how long it takes you to walk one mile, and your heart rate response to that effort, is a good indication of your cardiovascular endurance. Scoring is rather complicated, since age, gender and heart rate all must be considered. To receive a free copy of the test with complete scoring, call 1-800-ROCKPORT and ask for the Rockport Fitness Walking Test.

If you're unhappy with your scores, regular exercise can help you improve them. And be aware that becoming fit is more important than ever with age, since active people can maintain a high level of function much later in life than those who are sedentary, says the Cooper Institute's Johnson.

"Our research shows that a physically active person has about a 20-year advantage over a sedentary person in terms of function," she says. For example, the institute's studies show that the treadmill time of a 65-year-old active person is about the same as that of a sedentary 45-year-old."

Re: Testing Your Body Age (Archive under Aging Options.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 24, 2000 at 08:51:11:

In Reply to: Testing Your Body Age posted by Paulette on July 23, 2000 at 13:12:22:

Hi, Paulette.

The last paragraph in the article has been known, and replicated many times, over the past 30 years. There is NO QUESTION that this is so. The wonder is that the medical profession has not embraced it. Any pill (that required a prescription) that did HALF so much would be the discovery of the century and would be prescribed to every person!


Age-reversal with yoga

Posted by Jen B on July 24, 2000 at 09:48:34:

In Reply to: Testing Your Body Age posted by Paulette on July 23, 2000 at 13:12:22:

Paulette, thanks for bringing this up, and sharing the vital info.

For what it's worth, to those looking to begin an exercise program, or REVISING their exercise program, please consider yoga!! I started practicing yoga 10 yrs ago, it was hard at first. I was uncoordinated, with very weak muscles, especially upper-body. But I stuck with it, and for the past 5 years I've been teaching it. I'm usually the oldest person in my class, though I have students from 18 to 75. No one can believe it when I say I'm 57 yrs old. I'm stronger, slimmer, and younger (biologically) than I was 10 yrs ago.

A visit to the Kripalu Yoga Center will convince you of the power of yoga to retard aging. There are teachers there who are in their 50s that you would guess are 20 years younger. Their skins glow, eyes are clear and bright, they don't even have gray hair.

Yoga promotes the deep relaxation that allows the release of stored stress, both physical (the easy part) and psycho-emotional (the harder part). As you deepen your practice, you will naturally want to eat healthier and lighter, and in many other ways your body/mind will come into balance.

Thanks Paulette! That was awesome! :o) (NMI)

Posted by KMD on July 24, 2000 at 12:29:18:

In Reply to: Testing Your Body Age posted by Paulette on July 23, 2000 at 13:12:22:


Re: Age-reversal with yoga

Posted by Paulette on July 24, 2000 at 13:01:12:

In Reply to: Age-reversal with yoga posted by Jen B on July 24, 2000 at 09:48:34:

Hi, Jen

Believe you're absolutely right as a few months ago I started to get into yoga, however, the person was going out of town a few days. I've been so busy with all sorts of trivial things haven't had opportunity of contacting her yet.

She explained that there are certain people (such as myself) are unable to do standard yoga until later. That they need personal undivided attention in order to achieve benefits in yoga. Due to sooo many rods in the fire needed to back 0ff a tad, and besides right now my hiatal hernia is hurting like xhfhg!

Decided to post the article in order to help other BB participants. Wish the Allopathic practiioners would encourage their patients on other forms of alternative medicine as well. (sigh) One can dream at least.

Take Care Of Yourself


Re: Testing Your Body Age (Archive under Aging Options.)---See Changes In Allopathic Medicine

Posted by Paulette on July 24, 2000 at 13:28:19:

In Reply to: Re: Testing Your Body Age (Archive under Aging Options.) posted by Walt Stoll on July 24, 2000 at 08:51:11:

Hi, DR. Stoll

As you know I avoided ALL Doctors for about 22 years before a need arose to go to them. Now it appears I'm married to a bunch of them. True, I've got a bunch of problems which I now know can be resolved through the wellness path. Some of the problems unfortunatley need to be taken care of by my team of Doctors. Seem to have stumbled over a fairly good group of Doctors.

Each and everyone of them are trying to instill in me the need for consistant exercise program, not just intermittant which I've become famous for lately. Prior to my hip replacement I was in the gym each and every day out of the week. Seems I don't want to exercise unless there's a need. Hard headed as I'm known to be on occasions, it's sunk in there's a need whether you're in Good or Bad health.

All my Doctors belong to a gym and do work out. I know as I've run into a couple of them in the gym exercising. Try to avoid that gym as they would bug me into doing more exercises than I wanted at the time. Really interesting watching my Docs practicing what they've been preaching to me for the past year. Perhaps, it was the almighty $$$ which is preventing some of them from not encouraging exercise programs.It appears that trend is reversing to the more positive note of exercising programs, coming directly from the Allopathic Doctors themselves. More like, if you can't beat em join em.:-)Keep the faith, times are a changing:-0

Take Care Of Yourself


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