You probably already know all about why anti-aging fitness is necessary for aging well, even if itâ€™s just spending 20 minutes a day walking. But new research is providing an even bigger incentive for adding one particular piece of equipment, the treadmill, to your anti-aging fitness routineâ€”it might help you live longer.
Cardiologists from Johns Hopkins University have discovered a way to use performance on a treadmill to determine not only your health over the next decade, but also your risk of dying. Theyâ€™ve developed an algorithm named the FIT Treadmill Score, which incorporates fitness level, heart rate, age, and gender into an equation that can predict the risk of death over the next 10 years.
The study, which provided important information for anti-aging fitness, analyzed about 58,000 exercise stress tests conducted between 1991 and 2009 on patients between the ages of 18 and 96. (Exercise stress tests are commonly used to evaluate lunch and heart health.) The researchers then tracked deaths in the following 10 years.
The FIT Treadmill Score, or the result of the equation, is a number ranging from negative 200 all the way up to positive 200. According to the study, where you fall on that scale will determine whether or not youâ€™re at a higher risk for death. Patients who scored 100 or over only had a two percent risk of death in the next 10 yearsâ€”a score between over 0 andÂ under 100 resulted in a three percent risk. If youâ€™re actively engaged in anti-aging fitness, youâ€™re more likely to fall into this low-risk category.
However, if you were to score between 0 and negative 100, your risk goes up to 11%. A score below negative 100 means a 38% risk of dying in the next 10 years. According to the cardiologists who developed the FIT Treadmill Score, a 45-year-old woman who has a very low fitness score would be at a much higher risk of dying than another woman whoâ€™s the same age but whose fitness score is in the top tier. In other words, your anti-aging fitness level might help you score better, which in turn could increase your life expectancy, at least for the next decade.
â€śFitness level was the single most powerful predictor of death and survival, even after researchers account for other important variables such as diabetes and family history of premature death,â€ť explained the researchers. The findings only further stress the need and importance for a good anti-aging fitness routine, especially one that promotes lung and heart health.
Chai, C., â€śHow long can you last on the treadmill? Study ties performance to risk of death,â€ť Global News web site, March 3, 2015; http://globalnews.ca/news/1859120/how-long-can-you-last-on-the-treadmill-study-ties-performance-to-risk-of-death/.
â€śTreadmill Performance Predicts Mortality,â€ť Johns Hopkins Medicine web site, March 2, 2015; http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/treadmill_performance_predicts_mortality.