Five for Fighting – 100 Years
“I’m Ninety-Nine for a moment….”
Have you ever wondered what your Age really measures? Is it a measure of the time you have lived already, the number of breaths you have taken and moments you have experienced and shared? Perhaps it is a measure of the time of you have left to live, the number of days or years before you reach that seemingly inevitable expiry date? Is it neither? Or both maybe?
Sometimes I wonder if our concept of Age is flawed or at the very least outdated. Often I see old ladies in what must be their Sixties or Seventies running around the Minoru athletic track in Richmond, displaying more endurance than some of the twenty and thirty something year old men I regularly play hockey with. Does that mean that a part (or parts) of the old ladies (perhaps their lungs for starters) are younger than a part (or parts) of the middle aged hockey men? What does Age really mean? What could the phrase this blog was created around, “65 is the new 35” mean anyways? Will cutting edge Health and Rejuvenation information from this blog help change a paradigm of Age-ism and inspire many people to turn that phrase into an entelechy for themselves and their loved ones? Only TIME will tell….
Speaking of TIME….
Chronological vs Biological Age
Today, more than ever, it is becoming accepted that measuring Age is more than simply counting up the days, years, and decades you have been out of your mother’s womb. Chronological Age is what most people actually mean when they talk about Age. Chronological Age is the total amount of TIME you have lived (usually measured in years). A newer concept that is coming into play more and more widely in recent years is called Biological Age. Biological Age refers to the RELATIVE AGE of YOUR ORGANS and is measured by comparing YOUR test results from organ-specific tests of performance and functionality to that of others to determine how your body is performing compared to averages of people of the same Chronological Age range.
A Simple Balancing Act
One measure of your Biological Age (that is strongly correlated with the likelihood of succumbing to disease(s) and by extension measures your longevity) is called “The Balancing On One Foot With Your Eyes Closed Challenge” and works exactly as its name implies except with the added difficulty of the necessity of performing the feat with your arms crossed at your sides and not stretched out wide to aid balance.
Testing Your Biological Age – Do you rely on your Eyes for Balance?
Measure the amount of time you can stand on one foot with the other foot raised bent to the level of your standing leg’s knee. Your arms should be crossed at your sides and you should be balanced the whole time.
Longevity Test 1: BALANCE
How long can you stand on one leg — eyes closed — before losing your balance?
1. Find a partner and/or a timer.
2. Go barefoot. Stand barefoot on a flat, hard surface. Ask your partner to keep the time and stand close by to catch you in case you start to fall.
3. Close your eyes.
4. Lift your foot. Lift one foot (left foot if you’re right-handed, right foot if you’re left-handed) about 6 inches off the floor, bending your knee at a 45-degree angle.
Ask your partner to start timing.
5. Hold this position. Keep still as long as you can without jiggling or teetering, falling, or opening your eyes.
6. Stop the clock. Stop timing if the raised foot begins to lower or touch the ground, if you begin to sway, or if you open your eyes.
7. Repeat the test three times. Note the time for each test, and calculate the average of the three times by adding them together and dividing by 3.
8. Check your average against this results chart.
|What’s your balance-based
|4 seconds||70 years|
|5 seconds||65 years|
|7 seconds||60 years|
|8 seconds||55 years|
|9 seconds||50 years|
|12 seconds||45 years|
|16 seconds||40 years|
|22 seconds||30-35 years|
|28 seconds||25-30 years|
Record your results with Evernote or a more health/fitness/bio-tracking specific app/program and monitor your improving health and longevity. What are these apps and programs that can help you hack all aspects of your health and save you countless time and paper? Look for a blog-post on exactly that topic coming soon…