HOW FITTRACK CALCULATES YOUR METABOLIC AGE
When's your birthday?
You might know how old you are in terms of how many trips you've seen around the sun, but do you know how old your body really is? Metabolic age is one of the 17 key health metrics that FitTrack monitors, and it's a very useful way to understand how healthy your body is overall.
Perhaps one of the most complicated equations that FitTrack's algorithm performs, metabolic age factors in several different indicators such as Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), visceral fat, muscle mass, body fat %, and more. It's a way of understanding how your diet and exercise, overall, are and have been affecting your body's health.
If your metabolic age is higher than your actual age, it could signify that there's room for improvement in terms of how you're taking care of your body. If it's lower, it generally means that you're on the right track, so keep it up!
If your metabolic age does happen to be higher, though. We've got some good news. You can turn back the clock!
Over time, diet and exercise can lower your metabolic age. And increasing your muscle mass, in particular, might be most advantageous. That's because as we age our metabolisms tend to slow down, but higher concentrations of muscle mass have been linked to heightened metabolisms. Monitor your muscle mass using your FitTrack Pro report, and see how it affects both your BMR and your metabolic age.
To increase your muscle mass, try lifting weights 3-4 times a week and ensuring that you're consuming the right amount of protein, from the right sources. Read more about protein here.
WHO NEEDS TO KNOW THEIR METABOLIC AGE?
In short, everyone does. Knowing your metabolic age is an incredibly useful metric when it comes to understanding how your natural metabolism is going to help or hinder you on your health and wellness journey. Whether you're a professional athlete or someone who is simply trying to live a healthier life and lose some weight, your metabolic age can give you an important clue about how you should plan your journey.
If your metabolic age is lower than your actual age, you can likely afford more severe changes to your diet and fitness routine and expect your body to be able to keep up with the changes.
If your metabolic age is higher, however, you probably need to work on improving your metabolism before attempting or expecting any drastic changes in your lifestyle or body composition. Focus more on building muscle and consuming enough protein to properly recover from your gym routines. You might even have to plan to gain weight (muscle weighs more than fat) before you can expect to lose weight.
Always make sure, however, that your body fat % (especially your visceral and subcutaneous fat levels) are declining instead of rising. This will be the best barometer for progress towards reducing your metabolic age.
Lastly? Make sure that you're getting enough sleep. Sleep is incredibly important, not only for recovering from training but also for maintaining stress and reducing levels of fat-hoarding hormones that could be sabotaging your progress.
Ready to learn your metabolic age and see how it's affecting your body composition?