You know how old you are, right? Wrong. You might know how old you are chronologically – your age according to your birth certificate – but there’s a far more important age when it comes to your well-being. The team at Aspria explains the concept of ‘biological age’.
“Doesn’t she look great for her age!” We all envy those who seemingly defy time, appearing so much younger than their years.
But did you know that looking young on the outside relates directly to being young on the inside – and that we can all impact this in a positive way?
Step forward the concept of ‘biological age’.
While your chronological age is your official age – dictated by the passing of calendar years – your biological age describes the state of your body. It’s directly affected by your lifestyle choices: how well you look after your body in terms of exercise, healthy eating, alcohol consumption, smoking, hydration, aerobic fitness, weight management, stress and so on.
So how much of a difference can you make? Well, one American study – published in PNAS in 2015 – analyzed 1,000 38-year-olds and discovered that their biological ages ranged from 28 to 61 years!
Yes, you read that right: it’s possible to have a biological age younger than your ‘real’ age – and that matters, not only in terms of looking and feeling youthful, but because a lower biological age also reduces your risk of disease and premature death.
It’s also possible to improve your biological age; this is a clock that can be wound back by making improvements to your lifestyle.
Introducing Aspria Pro
But if you’re going to make these efforts, you want to be able to track how well you’re doing – and that requires accurate measurement of your internal, biological age.
This is where Aspria Pro – Aspria’s advanced health monitoring system – comes into play.
Aspria Pro uses medically-validated instruments to perform a full analysis of your body, measuring everything from body fat percentage to cholesterol, blood glucose to antioxidant levels, and spinal mobility to VO2 capacity (aerobic fitness).
All this data is then drawn into one overall calculation to reveal your current biological age.
Lifestyle factors are taken into account too – giving a complete picture of your health and allowing for a comprehensive benefit-risk assessment – before the system creates a personalized, holistic well-being prescription based on its findings. These tailored recommendations are designed to help you safely lower your biological age, or maintain it if it’s already really good.
Aspria Pro expert Ringo Bohnstedt explains: “Biological age influences life expectancy, so it’s an important figure. It tells you if, in terms of your total body health, you’re ‘younger than you really are’ (thanks to a healthy lifestyle and low risk factors) or ‘older than your years’ (which means a possible lower life expectancy).
“Of course, our genetic predisposition has an equally significant impact on our life expectancy, which is why Aspria Pro also looks at possible pre-existing diseases or other (genetic) health risk factors.
“Nevertheless, biological age is very valuable as a motivational tool. It’s a quick and easy way to identify and understand the positive impact our healthy lifestyle choices are having on our life expectancy.”
Aspria’s 10 tips to reduce biological age
- Reduce stress: Stress management can be learned – whether it’s breathing techniques or relaxing baths – and will reduce the level of harmful stress hormones in the blood.
- Exercise: Even moderate exercise is beneficial, strengthening the heart and keeping you slim, among many other health benefits.
- Eat healthily: Herbal ingredients in particular will support the metabolism.
- Sleep well: Your entire body regenerates itself while asleep.
- Control your weight: Lean people place the least burden on their bodies.
- Stay smoke-free: Smoking ages you and is the cause of many diseases.
- Look after your skin: Sun protection is an important issue here.
- Train your brain: Participate actively in life and continually set yourself new challenges to keep the brain young.
- Maintain social contacts: Friends, family, hobbies – all of these will keep us young.
- Love and have sex: A fulfilled relationship makes you happy.