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Your BioAge Score in The Health Hub App

For our Members here at The Health Hub to understand how their exercise positively impacts their fitness and health, it’s crucial to make progress visible at every step. The BioAge in The Health Hub app is a comprehensive fitness and health indicator that combines a wide range of user measurements into an easy-to-understand BioAge that can be compared to a Member's physical age.

Why does BioAge exist?

One of the The Health Hub's main goals is to make the concept work for everyone.

Everybody knows that physical workouts have a positive impact on health, but nobody knows to what extent. The biggest challenge is to address the fundamental questions members ask themselves: How can I motivate myself to work out regularly? What is my current health status? What is the best way to get healthier? How do I measure the positive impact of exercise on my health and stay on track with my routine?

This is where the BioAge comes into play. It provides:

  • Sophisticated assessments based on scientific findings of the current health status of a member

  • Structured and target-oriented individual training guidance

  • Tracking and visualisation of the positive impact of exercise on health

Other elements of our approach complement the BioAge as a comprehensive health and fitness indicator. For example, Activity Points and Activity Levels help reward Members for being active even before changes in health and fitness are measurable and build a healthy habit of exercising regularly.

What does the EGYM BioAge mean?

To calculate the BioAge, The Health Hub app uses a sophisticated analysis of various scientifically proven factors that directly relate to physical performance, health, and immune system status - that’s why we also call it a holistic approach.

Simultaneously, the software has the unique proposition of having access to a massive data pool for reference. It, therefore, provides a highly reliable and benchmarked calculation with a million data points collected over the years, enabling the app to optimise the analysis further and make it even more precise over time, supporting Members in achieving their fitness and health goals.

The BioAge combines a variety of measures and health parameters, categorised into several areas:

  • Strength

  • Flexibility

  • Metabolism

  • Cardio

How does the value of the BioAge come about?

The BioAge shows how members perform in comparison to the typical average values of their real age group. For example, the strength value, the output achieved on one of our Smart Strength machines, is compared with the available data sets of various age groups. Flexibility finally becomes reliably measurable thanks to the Fitness Hub. The values for "cardio" and "metabolism" can be measured via compatible partner devices.

For example, a 50-year-old Member achieves a performance that corresponds to the average of all 45-year-olds. This results in a younger biological age - 45 years. Conversely, of course, the same is true: a poorly trained 30-year-old who only achieves the average maximum power output of all 40-year-olds in comparison is correspondingly biologically already 40 years old.

How does BioAge impact Health?

Strength Value

The Strength Value sets the user’s body weight in relation to his strength.

Strength is the foundation of a person to perform mechanical work, to exert forces and torques. A loss of muscle mass and strength can cause various metabolic and cardiovascular problems, like decreased bone density, fat gain, and diabetes. Furthermore, the impact of sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass and strength) is a widespread problem in modern populations that can be effectively delayed with resistance training. Strong muscles also function as an endocrine organ that produces protective myokines that rejuvenate the immune system

Metabolism Value

The Metabolism Value gives further insight into the health status by relating weight, fat, and height. It is calculated by the Body Mass Index (BMI), Body Composition, and Waist-Hip-Ratio.

BMI is a very popular, easy-to-calculate health indicator. An excellent metabolic status is also an indicator of a well-functioning immune system. Being combined with body-fat-percentage and waist-to-hip-ratio, it specifies the prediction level for the user`s metabolism significantly.

  • The body fat percentage relates the body fat to the total body mass. A body fat percentage within the normal range is the main contributor to prevent metabolic syndrome. Additionally, it is associated with reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower the incidence risk for cancer.

  • The Waist-to-Hip Ratio as an estimation for abdominal fat distribution is associated with cardiovascular diseases and events. An even better prediction is concluded when the measurement results can be combined with BMI measurement, like for the BioAge. The Waist to Hip Ratio is calculated by dividing the waist circumference by the hip circumference.

  • A BMI factor within the proposed norm range is related to reduced risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and all-cause mortality. The BMI is defined as a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in meters (kg/m²).

Cardio Value

The Cardio (Cardiovascular) Value combines the Resting Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, and the VO2max. It gives an overview of cardiovascular capacity, performance, and health. A healthy cardiovascular system is also connected to a robust immune system. These methods are used in general in medical practice to determine the state of health.

  • The VO2max is the most precise measure of cardiovascular fitness and is widely used for assessing the status of athletes. A higher VO2max comes with a greater body ability to transfer and consume oxygen.

  • A high Blood Pressure can indicate underlying diseases and may have long-term effects like heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure.

  • A low Resting Heart Rate (RHR) is a good indicator of cardiovascular fitness. Therefore lower RHR values predict a lowered risk for coronary heart diseases, myocardial events, and general cardiovascular disease mortality.

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