“A permanent change”

“I have worn out just one pair of sneakers the last 15 years.”

Throughout her adult life, Kathinka Vatne (40) has avoided exercising. However, when the news of “MyBioAge” hit the media, she started thinking about her inactive lifestyle and wondered if this app could give her an answer on how healthy her body was.

“I have, despite training refusal, been curious about how my physical level is compared with others. I’ve never had anything to measure it against. One sunny day in April, when few people were out running, I decided to give it a try”, she explains.

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A positive experience

Kathinka blame the famous midlife crisis when she explains why she started exercising, but her first workout of many, many years would prove to be a positive experience.

“It was motivating to get a result of 35 in biological age, especially since I had just turned 40”, she says.

“Everybody around me knows that I really dreaded turning 40. Me beginning to exercise is an appropriate expression of the fear of getting older and the fact that time work against me”, she continues.

Kathinka Vatne never exercised, but then she downloaded MyBioAge. Photo: Private
Kathinka Vatne never exercised, but then she downloaded MyBioAge. Photo: Private

“Thought I was unfaithful”

Although the midlife crisis perhaps was a triggering factor for Kathinka´s newly found workout motivation, she found the motivation to continue exercising in MyBioAge.

“I have never felt this kind of motivation before”.

How did the people around you react when you suddenly started exercising?

“After the first interval session I sent a screenshot with the result to my husband. He was at lunch with several colleagues, and they suggested that I was cheating on him because I had started exercising”, Kathinka says and laughs.

A permanent change with MyBioAge

Kathinka points out that she has only received positive feedback after she started exercising, and she has also begun to challenge her friends to download MyBioAge.

“I do not go around telling people I have started to exercise, but I’ve challenged friends and my sister in law to download the app and try it”, she says.

Kathinka downloaded MyBioAge in April this year and since then she has exercised regularly, twice a week.

“I have never set foot at a gym, but this feels like something I can continue doing. I’ve found a rhythm, and it feels like a permanent change”, the 40-year-old explains.

– I think that MyBioAge could motivate just about anyone, when it managed to me to exercise, then this app can motivate anyone, she concludes.

Bjørn uses MyBioAge as workout motivation

Bjørn Hol (69) has set a big goal to keep his workout motivation; he has signed up for a half marathon during the Oslo Marathon in September. To get in shape for the race he uses MyBioAge to measure the impact of the exercise he´s doing.

“My goal is to increase my oxygen consumption, and it´s easy to use this app to measure my progress”, the sporty 69-year-old says.

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Safety in knowledge

Bjørn had both heard and read about the research behind MyBioAge before he downloaded it and tested his oxygen consumption and biological age. The knowledge he had acquired assured him that the test and recommended workouts, which are 4×4 intervals, were effective.

“I work at the University of Oslo and we had a seminar where, among other topics, the research on this type of training was presented”, he says and continues:

“I am convinced that it´s effective and that the intervals will help me reach my goal in September”.

Bjørn Hol and Jack Waitz during a run in Oslo. Photo: Hans Skjong
Bjørn Hol and Jack Waitz during a run in Oslo. Photo: Hans Skjong

MyBioAge = workout motivation

On the basis of knowledge Bjørn has acquired, he has implemented 4×4 intervals in his workout program to get an effective increase of his capacity towards the race. And the summer is to be used effectively.

– I intend to run 4×4 intervals in addition to longer runs this summer. Near my cabin there´s a long and steep hill, I’ll run intervals there. I increase my speed each session, and I think that will give me the increase in capacity I need to complete a half-marathon, he explains.

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Feel privileged

Bjørn has exercised a bit on and off throughout his life, but has mostly been an active man. As a youth he exercised a lot before it faded off because of a busy study period. However, when jogging became popular in Norway, Bjørn was motivated to start exercising again.

– I participated in several races and exercised regularly, but then I was injured in my knee and that knocked me out again. I did not exercise for many years after that.

In recent years, Bjørn however found his workout motivation again, and have attended several shorter races both last year and this year. He signed up for the Oslo Marathon to get even more motivation to exercise. The 69-year-old also points out that he finds motivation in the positive health effects he gets from exercising, in addition to finding exercise funny.

– I exercise almost every day, and because of that I am in great shape and don´t need to take lots of pills like many of my peers do. I feel privileged to have such a good health, he explains.

Cheer Bjørn on together with us

Myworkout cheers Bjørn on, and hope get in such a good shape that he manage to finish the half marathon in September. We plan to follow him towards his goal, and so can you. Follow blog.myworkout.com, myworkout.com on Facebook or myworkoutcom on Instagram during the summer to see how his exercise is going.

Five important minutes at METal International

In California we got an opportunity we could not refuse. Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari, invited us to a METal International event, and we were not only there as his guests. We got the opportunity to present Myworkout to several hundred leaders within media, entertainment and technology in America.

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METal International describes themselves like this: “Brings together alpha leaders in the Media/Entertainment/technology space focusing on helping members achieve their goals by pushing each boundaries in a community of respect and camaraderie”.

See how we spent our five minutes:

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