What is it?
VO2 max, or maximal oxygen consumption, refers to the maximum amount of oxygen that an individual can utilize during intense or maximal exercise.
How is it measured?
Athletic Mentors has specialized equipment on-site that allows us to capture and measure your breath during maximal state exercise. By measuring your carbon dioxide production and oxygen consumption we are able to give your accurate VO2 Max. The maximum amount of oxygen you are able to use to produce energy in the form of ATP. You’ll wear a mask over your face to record your oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production while running on a treadmill or riding a bike.
Why is this important?
Two powerful studies, published in highly respected medical journals, followed almost 900,000 subjects for a number of years and concluded that higher VO2 max was associated with lower mortality across all fitness levels. And while there seemed to be no upper limit to the benefits of aerobic fitness (CRF), the impact of lower aerobic fitness on longevity was clearly similar to commonly recognized comorbidities:
“ Increased Cardiorespiratory Fitness (CRF) was associated with reduced long-term mortality (death by any cause) with no observed upper limit of benefit. The adjusted mortality risk of reduced CRF was greater than or equal to traditional clinical risk factors, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and smoking. Extreme aerobic fitness (CRF ≥ 2 SDs above the mean for age and sex) was associated with the greatest survival and was notably beneficial in older patients and those with hypertension.”
In other words, the greater your fitness, the lower your chance of passing away early, with no limit to how much being aerobically fit can help. There was notable benefit for those older and diagnosed with hypertension. If you’re not very aerobically fit, the risk of not living as long is similar to or even greater than known health issues like heart disease, diabetes, or smoking.
With such an impact of longevity within your control, why wait any longer? Call Athletic Mentors today and schedule a VO2 Max test to determine your longevity risk and talk with a fitness expert to design a program that helps you improve your health to live longer and better.
VO2 Max Test: $150