A growing trend in health and wellness, is to focus less on chronological age, and more on biological age. But what is the difference between the two? Chronological age refers to how many years you have been alive, while biological age has to do with the age your body is from a biological standpoint. Let’s take a closer look.

You Might Be Much Younger, Or Much Older Than You Believe

Biological age tests can draw some rather shocking results. For example, a 20-year-old who smokes heavily, and participates in minimal physical activity may have the cells of a 40-year-old. On the flip side, a 65-year-old who is happy, healthy, and physically and mentally active—could have the cells and biological age of a 35-year-old.

How Old Are You?

Now that you understand the difference between biological and chronological age, you are sure to be wondering how old you are. An excellent place to begin, is to ask yourself how old you feel? Do you feel like you are still in your 20s or 30s, or do you feel like you are advanced in your aging? Even if you have a few aches and pains from the years past, you still may be quite younger from a biological standpoint.

There is an online test you can take to help determine your biological age.

Don’t Allow Someone Else to Define You By Your Age

We have all heard the inspirational quote, “age ain’t nothing’ but a number” but if you are having a difficult time applying that concept to your life, then how do you explain the outliers like Betty White, Tina Turner, Cher, Louise Hay, and Jane Fonda? These are all women who are still going full speed ahead—regardless of their age.

Let’s Take A Look At A Few Benchmarks

While everyone from parents, to teachers, healthcare professionals, and society as a whole use age to create benchmarks—these benchmarks don’t apply to everyone. Sometimes one of the most challenging parts about aging, is contemplating your age, and what you believe that age represents. So let’s take a look at a few societal benchmarks:

  • At 16 we are legally old enough to drive, but does that mean that everyone is a responsible driver at 16?
  • At 18 you are considered an adult, but does that mean that all 18 year olds are mature?
  • At 40 you are considered “over the hill”, but look at Louise Hay. Her publishing empire didn’t even begin until she was in her 50s.

The next time you are letting your upcoming birthday, or your current chronological age get you down—consider that your value is not connected to a number, but to the youthful way in which you live your life. This has nothing to do with maturity, but to your ageless mindset.