Have you ever felt younger than you look? Does your physical condition feel a lot better — or worse — than what’s typical for a person of your age? You should know you’re not alone. It’s normal to have these feelings because aging is not a one-size-fits-all experience.
That being said, these opposing outlooks on age probably have something to do with your biological age. But what exactly does that mean? Here’s a rundown of how your biological age might differ from your real age.
What Is Chronological Aging?
When we’re talking about your “real age”, what we mean is your chronological age. This is simply a passage of time that marks the number of years since you were born. While chronological age is used to measure your current lifespan, Healthline says it’s also a primary risk factor when it comes to chronic diseases, impairments, and mortality.