How To Get Fit

What's your fitness age? Our experts reveal how getting fit can subtract years from your body's age...

Is your fitness age an accurate reflection of your actual age? New research has revealed that the most reliable measure of your body’s age is not how old you are, but your fitness level. WorldFitnessLevel.org backs this theory. Explaining that ‘your body’s capacity to transport and use oxygen during exercise is the most precise measure of overall cardiovascular fitness,’ – you can discover your fitness age with their online fitness age calculator. What’s more, by improving your fitness, you can actually reduce your fitness age and improve your chances of living a longer, healthy life.

Studies on the benefits of exercise show that activity reduces inflammation – which is linked to heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, dementia and ageing. The good news? It’s never too late to start and you just have to raise your heart rate, so things such as gardening, housework and brisk walking all count.

‘As well as upping activity levels, avoid too much sitting, says Stuart Biddle, Professor of physical activity and health at Loughborough University. ‘We pooled the results of ten studies and found that lying down, watching TV, sitting at the computer and so on, increased the metabolic syndrome (a cluster of high blood press, high blood sugar and high cholesterol) by 73 per cent.’ he says. Here’s how to get fit and build activity into your life.

Choose something you enjoy Dance classes, swimming or fencing are good if you find the gym boring.

Plan ahead Each month or week, write down what activities you’ll do and when.

Buddy up Getting active with a friend really helps to motivate you

Go for the goal Set yourself targets that are challenging but achievable

Use technology Invest in a pedometer or get an online personal training app.

With growing evidence that activity is the secret to a long and healthy life, it’s all about finding the kind of exercise that works for you and finding an enjoyable way to keep fit. Here, our experts explain the easiest ways to get and stay fit in whatever time you have spare…

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