Ever since I was young, sports and fitness were a major part of my life. I was brought up training for organized sports and have pretty much studied and lived sports performance throughout my early years, college and beyond.
In college, I played collegiate basketball, studied physiology, anatomy and sports training with the idea of possibly going into the field. Even though my career choice at the time didn’t lead me into the field of health & fitness, that didn’t stop me from keeping up to date on the latest science and discoveries.
One area that has always been fascinating to me is longevity.
I was doing some research and came across the company TeloYears. The company provides a blood test that measures and analyzes your telomere length to basically determine your cellular age. In other words, what approximate “age” you are compared to others with that similar telomere length.
Recent tests I took show I have the cellular age of a 34 year old! That’s right, I’m 47 yet my telomeres are that of someone 13 years younger.
I also attached a Cardiac Calcium heart scan score I had completed recently. This is a CT scan of the heart that looks for any calcium/plaque in the arteries to the heart. My results indicate the arterial age of someone a decade younger! Knowing that my grandfather died of a heart attack at 50 years old, I take a little extra precaution to ensure nothing sneaks up on me.
When I look at both tests, it’s clear that a focus on fitness and a healthy lifestyle has apparently set things a positive direction. In a future article I will outline my personal workout, diet and longevity routine to give you and idea what I do everyday.
We must always remember though, nothing is permanent. Bad lifestyle choices or things out of our control could drastically damage such results and others who may not be in good health today can still make positive steps to improve themselves dramatically.
For those of you out there who want to get healthy and set yourself up for success, it’s not ever too late to make a positive change. I recommend you see your doctor, have a complete checkup and get a baseline of where you are at. Then, they can advise you where to go from there. The key though, is getting your starting point assessed by a medical professional.