Your heart rate is important, no doubt about that. How fast or slow your heart is beating during exercise and at rest can tell you a lot about your health and fitness levels, but it’s not the only way to determine how fit you are. Try tracking these eight metrics for a more complete picture of your health and fitness. VO2 max Your VO2 max refers to how well you can utilize oxygen during exercise. When used correctly, VO2 max can serve as a much better fitness marker than heart rate, because it can basically tell you at what point your body just can’t work any harder. Track it: The best way to test and track your VO2 max is in a fitness lab or health clinic, but there is one thing you can try that’s more accessible. PAI Health developed a program to improve VO2 max using data from one of the largest health studies ever conducted. You can connect the PAI app to your Apple Watch or other wearable to track your VO2 max. Now playing: Watch this: 5 reasons why fitness trackers don’t guarantee you’ll… 3:45 Body composition Body composition refers to the various percentages of mass your body comprises. Many people think that just means fat mass and lean mass, but a true body composition analysis provides numbers for subcutaneous fat, visceral fat, water mass, bone mass and lean muscle mass. As you might have guessed, lower fat percentages generally equal a healthier body, though that’s… [Read full story]
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