natural VO2max decline with age – how bad will it get for you?
If you are a 30-year-old who can run at 10mph then, by age 75, you will be lucky to be able to slowly climb the stairs. That is what the somewhat depressing chart above says. What do you think?
From middle age, maybe earlier, our VO2max capacity decreases by about 1% a year. So you and I can certainly train and improve our VO2max but the maximum we can ever achieve inevitably declines and so achieving VO2max levels that we once could becomes progressively harder with the passage of time.
Most regular visitors to this site are probably above the green line but just how far above? and does running at 10mph mean you can run 10 miles in an hour? or 10mph for a few minutes? I definitely can’t do the former any more but can easily do the latter. Plus at the age of 80, I certainly want to do more than slowly climb the stairs, I guess if I could run at 6mph/10km/h for an hour at age 80 I’d bag that now if I could, as a lot can head South after age 60.
Though it’s interesting to note that the Bushy Park 5k parkrun age graded record is held by Jane DAVIES – 100.23% 21:30 which shows what a V70 athlete can achieve. Amazing stuff. There is hope for us all
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