Wondering what your maximum oxygen uptake is? You don’t need to seek out a specialist or pay lots of money to find out. Here we show you how to test your maximum oxygen uptake (VO2max) with a mobile.
Maximum oxygen uptake is the most important measure we have on physical health today. It is a measure of how much oxygen the body can absorb and utilize in one minute. The pumping capacity of the heart mainly determines VO2max. The number you get when testing VO2max is a measure of how good endurance and work capacity you have. If you often feel tired, increased work capacity will give you more energy to cope with everyday life. The number is also crucial to your health because a higher maximum oxygen uptake involves a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and lifestyle diseases.
To find your VO2max, you need to be active. The first thing to do is to download the Myworkout GO app and create a user. Then do one of the training activities the app suggests. After pressing “start,” the rest goes automatically by a voice telling you how long to exercise and how intense. The training lasts 37 minutes, and you can read more about how the training session is conducted here (link).
Using the app when exercising outdoors in the form of walking or running, the app will track your activity using GPS. If you use other types of exercise, such as a treadmill, ergometer bike, or rowing machine, you must manually enter the load into the app after the session is complete.
By tracking activity, we manage to measure both your maximum oxygen uptake and biological age in an objective manner with very high precision. The app has a margin of error of only 7 percent. Such a low margin of error for VO2max and biological age qualifies for the app used for medical purposes and research. In comparison, alternative calculations of the maximum oxygen uptake available today will have an error margin of 15-20%.
Try the app for free for two weeks. After the trial period, it costs NOK 44 a month.