We need to pay more attention to the biological, also called physiological, age, rather than to the commonly referenced chronological age (number of years living since birth). Our physiological age determines our “real” age; it reveals how one’s internal body is aging, and it describes the overall body function relative to the actual chronological age.
Cardiologists and experienced exercise physiologists can assess the physiological age by using the O2 multisystem functional test (O2-FMT). This test is an analysis that provides an in-depth physiological profile of participants by utilizing advanced technology that measures precise parameters of metabolic, cardiovascular, neurologic, bone, and muscular function. The results can be used to detect risk factors for future cardiovascular disease and/or other diseases.
Reducing the physiological age can also decrease the process of aging; for example, an individual can have the body function of a 30-year-old adult, although his or her chronological age in calendar years is 43. The opposite can also occur in which a 30-year-old individual can have 43-year-old body function. Thus, consider the following: as long as your physiological age is lower than your chronological age, this can exhibit a method to control and slow the process of aging.
We can alter our physiological age but not our chronological age; parameters such as regular physical activity, healthy eating habits, and overall positive mental practice can largely define your overall internal health and physiological age. Vasculature function, oxygen delivered to the working muscles, and positive metabolic processes are all shown to increase with exercise, which is a valid method to decrease physiological age.
There is no new information here. We can only suggest the well-known and useful methods to increase your potential health:
1) Physical activity
Less than 3 times of exercise a week or not reaching 90 weekly minutes of aerobic or anaerobic training is considered a deconditioned status. Thus, to increase health-related benefits from training, consistency and duration are essential.
Maintain and consume a balanced diet that contains all 3 macronutrients.
Keto, ketogenic diet, low carb, high good fat , healthy food
3) Stress-free life
Chronic overstress can negatively affect overall health, and it is one of the leading causes of developing psychosomatic diseases. Couples who started their joint life together at the same chronological age can end up with a significant physiological age difference, a matter that may affect their quality of life. Using preventive medicine approaches is key for controlling and monitoring the gap created in a couple’s life. For example, physical activity is a strong link to increase quality of life and physical independence in later stages of the life cycle.
It is not a simple task to balance our physiological age and to sync it with our chronological age. Many variables in life are still out of our control, such as acquiring various uncured chronic conditions. Yet, knowledge and awareness that our body has its own system to accelerate or impede the aging process can assist us in building better public health that is based on preventive health mechanisms.