Fitness Age Test: What’s Your REAL Age?

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Should your fitness age be younger than your real age?
Air Date: 6/30/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Pam Peeke, MD
Pam PeekeDr. Pamela Peeke is an internationally renowned physician, scientist and expert in the fields of nutrition, metabolism, stress and fitness.

Calling herself an "edutainer," Dr. Peeke uses her trademark wit and wisdom to provide audiences with a healthy lifestyle message in such a memorable and entertaining style that she is one of the most requested physician speakers in America. An avid athlete, Dr. Peeke is nationally known as the "doc who walks the talk," as she inspires by living the message she teaches.

Dr. Peeke is featured in the National Institutes of Health's "Changing Face of Medicine" exhibit on the history of women physicians at the National Library of Medicine. She has been named one of America's top physicians by the Consumers Research Council of America. Dr. Peeke is a Pew Foundation Scholar in Nutrition and Metabolism, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland and Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Peeke has teamed with the U.S. Surgeon General to create the Surgeon General Walks for a Healthy and Fit Nation. She is a member of the Maryland Governor's Council on Fitness, and is national spokesperson for the American College of Sports Medicine's Exercise is Medicine global campaign.

Dr Peeke is the lifestyle expert for WebMD's 90 million members, using a multimedia educational approach that includes The Everyday Fitness with Dr. Pam Peeke blogs, newsletters, podcasts and her healthy diet and lifestyle community exchange.

The Chief Medical Correspondent for Discovery Health TV, she is featured in the award winning National Body Challenge series, as well as her Could You Survive? miniseries. Her book, The National Body Challenge Success Program for the Whole Family, is the best selling companion guide to her television and web-based program which is presently followed by over a million American families.

Dr. Peeke is the New York Times bestselling author of Fight Fat after Forty, Body for Life for Women, Fit to Live and The Hunger Fix. Dr. Peeke is the recipient of the Audie Award for her narration and interpretation of Fit to Live. Her Could You Survive? pilot was a finalist for the International Health and Medical Media Freddie Award, considered the highest award for excellence in medical film production.

Dr. Peeke's newest book, The Hunger Fix: The 3-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction, launched September 21st on Katie Couric's new show, followed by Good Morning America, Nightline and a bicoastal book tour. Within five days of launch, The Hunger Fix became a New York Times bestseller.
Fitness Age Test: What’s Your REAL Age?
You obviously already know how old you are, but does that number match up to your fitness age?

Whether you make frequent trips to your gym, or engage in daily physical activities, you may be wondering how fit you really are.

Your fitness age is determined by your VO2max, which is your body's ability to take in and utilize oxygen.

Your VO2max indicates your current cardiovascular endurance level and can be used to compare your personal fitness level with people that are the same age.

Unfortunately, if your VO2max level is below average for your age group, that means your fitness age is older than your actual age.

Is it possible to get your fitness age lower than your real age?

Pam Peeke, MD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss what your fitness age means and if it should be younger than your chronological age.