Testing Your Cardiovascular Fitness

January 28, 2015 - Comment

When it comes to fitness levels, it’s possible to be fit in certain areas and not in others. This is why it’s important to measure your levels of fitness in different areas. In this blog post, we’re going to start with cardiovascular fitness. SIDE NOTE: Before performing any fitness exercises and tests, always consult your

When it comes to fitness levels, it’s possible to be fit in certain areas and not in others. This is why it’s important to measure your levels of fitness in different areas.

In this blog post, we’re going to start with cardiovascular fitness.

SIDE NOTE: Before performing any fitness exercises and tests, always consult your doctor.

What is cardiovascular fitness? This refers to the ability of your heart and lungs to transport oxygen around the body to allow you to exercise for long periods of time. People who aren’t fit in this area will find themselves getting out of breath while climbing stairs or jogging, for example.

Although there are scientific calculations to measure cardiovascular fitness, I wanted to simplify it to make it easier for you.

Here’s the test:

(You will need a step and a stopwatch)

1) Climb up and down an 18-inch step for three minutes, at a rate of 24 steps per minute.

2) After 1 minute of rest, take your pulse for 30 seconds.

3) Find your pulse in the following table – it’ll tell you whether your fitness is good, average or poor: http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsweek/Aerobic_Fitness_Test_The_Step_Method.htm

Remember, this is only one way of measuring your cardiovascular fitness. However, knowing how you perform in this test can help you develop fitness programs that are appropriate to your level.

Of course, strength is also important – but that’s a topic for another post!

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