TODAY   |  January 03, 2014

37 or 19? Find out your fitness age

The TODAY team find out their fitness ages, the hypothetical age determined by your exercise routine and frequency, from fitness expert Michelle Bridges. Michelle also provides some nifty exercise tips and examples.

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>> with the new year comes plenty of resolutions. always high on the list, getting in better shape.

>> she is the fitness expert and creator of the 12 week body transformation program and can get you started by calculating your fitness age.

>> happy new year.

>> happy new year to you too.

>> what's your fitness age?

>> a calculation based on how effectively your body uses oxygen. so the more effective the younger your age. it's a great indicator of your overall health.

>> better than bmi?

>> yes. we're looking at calculations from your waistline, your activity and resting heart rate and your age.

>> we're going to share a little information. you started with me. i'm 56 years old. i told you about waistline and i told you about how often i workout. so what is my fitness age?

>> okay, matt, well, your real age is 56.

>> thanks for repeating that.

>> you train very regularly and your resting pulse rate is at 60. so that's pretty good. your fitness age is 37.

>> wow.

>> wow.

>> how good is that.

>> very nice.

>> so if i want to keep it at 37, idris is here, show him what exercises to do.

>> okay. you're going to do a lot of training so i'm going to incorporate good core exercises for you basically because we know that the waist circumstance is big on making sure the fitness age stays low. i want to make sure you keep that waistline the way it. i'm up next. my real age is 37. i workout really 4 to 5 times a week.

>> which is my fitness age.

>> i noticed that. do you think mine is going to be 56. so what's the big reveal on mine. i'm a little nervous here.

>> okay. this is a really good number. i'm really happy for you because you're about to find out that you're 19.

>> i'm not even legal.

>> not even legal. this is a great number. you're sitting in the category under 20.

>> there's no way we're in the same category. and i do this for a living. you're doing a lot of training so i have given you one of my favorite and harder exercises. it's called a thruster. incorporate this into your training. take your feet shoulder width apart and squat and press simultaneously. why is this a hard exercise? because you use every major muscle group in your body.

>> and i'm not coordinated.

>> it keeps the heart rate working hard and all of these things are going to help keep your fatness age low which you're already doing all good things.

>> thank you.

>> now it goes downhill.

>> al, i'm so excited for you. let's do this.

>> okay. i'm 59. i workout two to three time as a week and my resting pulse is 62.

>> this is great resting pulse rate. your real age is 59. your fitness age is 53.

>> wow.

>> that's pretty good.

>> al, that's fantastic. clearly you're already training and you have done good work to get yourself into good shape now. 5 years of age. well done. i'm going to give you an exercise that incorporates strength work for your core as well as your back. you jump into a plank position. you may have seen this already. using your dumbbells already your core is working but you can now beef up the training by working the back muscles.

>> i'm going to hire somebody to do that for me.

>> give it a shot.

>> come on.

>> you can do this. i'm excited for you.

>> oh my gosh. you're a natural. you're a natural.

>> all right. real fast. real fast.

>> my age is 37. you got the rest of it. how did i do? we should be clear i have a new baby --

>> come on now, i'm a brick wall .

>> you didn't actually have the baby.

>> your fitness age peter is 31.

>> not so bad.

>> that's great.

>> yeah.

>> i think you should be really happy with that. you're a young guy. you're fit. you're healthy. i think you can get it down to 29.

>> right now?

>> maybe not right now but in time. so the exercise i gave you is a cardiovascular exercise . great for your