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Gen Next may age faster than their parents

Sep 19, 2008 03:28 PM IST India India

New Delhi: At 57, Air Commodore Kamal Singh is more than just alright. A former air force officer, he can turn your idea of ageing upside down. Kamal Singh's 28-year-old daughter, Rohini and he love a little bit of healthy competetion.

Rohini has absolute monopoly when it comes to armchair sports, but get them on their feet and Kamal gives his daughter a run for her money.

"Sixty is the new 40. I have always believed that, much before you started seeing it in newspapers recently," says he.

So how much difference can exercise and a disciplined diet really make? Rohini and her father went through a state of the art test called the Body Composition Analyser to find the answer.

The machine used in the test may look like a simple weighing scale, but it sends painless electro magnetic impulses through the feet to calculate people's metabolic age which is the per cent of muscle mass in their bodies and the per cent of fat in their bodies.

When the results came out,it was revealed that at 57, Kamal's metabolic age is that of a 51-year-old, while his 28-year-old daughter's metabolism is at that of a 46-year-old.

Also, 50 per cent of Kamal's body is muscle, while only 35 per cent of Rohini's body is muscle and Kamal has only 25 per cent fat in his body, while Rohini has 37 per cent.

Rohini and Kamal might have a difference of three decades, but when it comes to metabolism, they are almost the same age.

The reason for the stark difference between their bodies, irrespective of age, is how they define fitness and health.