How Treadmills Can Predict Morality
We all know that the best way to live longer is through a healthy diet and consistent exercise, but did you know that there is a way to test your mortality?
There has been substantial evidence that a maximized fitness test can predict your mortality. For those of you unfamiliar with the test, it involves a participant performing on a treadmill at an incline that increases over time until the participant can no longer go on. Not only is this process time consuming, it’s also uncomfortable for the participant.
Is there a better way to predict mortality?
Researcher Louise de Lannoy of Queen’s University developed a mortality test called the submaximized fitness test that can be done in 5 minutes on a treadmill. To prove the effectiveness of the test, she decided to test over 6,000 participants over the span of almost 3 decades.
During two separate sessions, Lannoy had participants go through her submaximized fitness test and checked their heart rate to see if their fitness level increased, decreased, or stayed stable.Her results showed that people with who had stable or increased cardiorespiratory fitness levels were less likely to die from several different causes.
When tested against the maximal fitness test, both made similar predictions about a participant’s mortality risk based on their cardiorespiratory fitness.