In modern society, a sedentary lifestyle has become increasingly common. Spending most of our time sitting, whether it’s in a car, at a desk, or on a comfortable couch, staring at a screen, may seem like a comfortable way to live, but it can have serious consequences for our health.
Cardiovascular fitness is essential for our overall health and well-being. It is the ability of the heart and lungs to efficiently transport oxygen-rich blood to working muscles. The gold standard measure of cardiovascular fitness is VO2 max. The higher your VO2 max, the better your cardiovascular fitness, and the lower your mortality risk.
Several studies have shown a clear relationship between fitness and mortality. For instance, a study published in JAMA in 2018, which examined the relationship between VO2 max and mortality in over 122,000 patients over 1.1 million patient years, found that moving from low to below average fitness cut the risk of death by 50% over a decade.
Improving your VO2 max from low to below average has a greater impact on your health than quitting smoking or curing diabetes. This highlights just how powerful exercise can be in promoting health and reducing the risk of chronic diseases.
At The Rep Room, we have started assessing our members on various fitness metrics, including VO2 max. According to our data, the average VO2 max for our female member who have an average age of 45 is 36.5, well above the population norm. For comparison low would be below 24, below average 24-29, above average 30 – 37.
We encourage everyone to take their health seriously and consider incorporating exercise into their lifestyle. If you’re looking to improve your fitness and cardiovascular health, we invite you to reach out to The Rep Room. Our experienced trainers can help you set realistic goals and create a customized workout plan to help you achieve them. Contact us today and take the first step towards a healthier, happier you!