The biological age refers to the condition of our body and health, which is often different from our chronological age.
Scientists say that the biological age means how old our body seems, while the chronological age stands for the length of the life of the body. Yet, there are a few ways in which you can discover the biological age of your body.
Telomeres are the chromosomes’ protective ends, whose role is to do their best to prevent the fusing of chromosomes ends with a neighboring chromosome or deteriorating. This has its effects on the speed of aging and death of cells.
Dr. Terry Grossman, medical director and founder of the Grossman Wellness Center in Denver, claims that a telomere bead falls off from the end of the chromosome every time a cell divides. Apparently, there is a direct link between the telomere length and our biological age.
The more you live, the greater chronological age you have, and the telomeres have a shorter total length. However, there is an easier way to find out your biological age at home. This simple flexibility test will provide highly accurate results.
Stretch the body, and do several slow jumping jacks, to boost the free blood flow to the muscles.
In a standing position, join the feet, bend at the hips, and try to reach down with the hands. Try to go as far as possible. If you feel any pain or discomfort, bend the legs a bit.
Then, compare your results with the following:
- You are an average person between 20-25 if you could keep the legs straight, touch the floor with the hands, but feel the body flexible, and the muscles relaxed.
- Your biological age is between 35 and 38 if you bent the legs only a bit, and touched the floor with the fingertips.
- Your muscle flexibility resembles a person between 38 and 50, if you kept the legs straight or bent a bit, managed to only touch the feet or the toes, but felt great discomfort, and the muscles were tense.
- Your muscle flexibility indicates that you are a person older than 50, if you couldn’t touch the feet, couldn’t keep the legs straight or bent only a bit, and felt pain, that made you want to stand up immediately.
So, what is your biological age?
Try to stretch every day in order to boost your flexibility and tone your muscles. If you exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and lead a healthy lifestyle, you can significantly maintain the length of your telomeres.