2Cardiorespiratory Fitness Tests Steady-state walk testA test that requires you to pace yourself steadily as you briskly walk for 30 minutes and try to achieve a specific goal distance.Term to KnowThe steady-state walk test can be used to evaluate cardiorespiratory fitness.
3Cardiorespiratory Fitness Tests Cooper’s 1.5-mile run testA test that requires you to jog/run as fast as you can to cover the distance of 1.5 miles.Term to KnowThe Cooper’s 1.5-mile run test can be used to evaluate cardiorespiratory fitness.
4Cardiorespiratory Fitness Tests Steady-state jog testA test that requires you to pace yourself steadily as you jog for 20 minutes and try to achieve a specific goal distance.Term to KnowThe steady-state jog test can be used to evaluate cardiorespiratory fitness.
5Cardiorespiratory Fitness Tests Steady-state cycle testA test that requires you to pace yourself steadily as you pedal for 20 minutes on a stationary cycle.Term to KnowThe steady-state cycle test is a test that can be used to evaluate cardiorespiratory fitness in individuals who have physical disabilities or injuries that prevent them from running, jogging, or walking.
6Cardiorespiratory Fitness Tests Steady-state swim testA test that requires you to pace yourself steadily as you swim for 20 minutes.Term to KnowThe steady-state swim test is another test that can be used to evaluate cardiorespiratory fitness in individuals who have physical disabilities or injuries that prevent them from running, jogging, or walking.
7Aerobic ActivitiesRegular aerobic activity promotes moderate-to-high levels of cardiorespiratory fitness.Many aerobic activities require little or no equipment, making them inexpensive to do.Best of all, they are fun.
8Walking Walking is the simplest and most basic aerobic activity. All you really need for a walking program is a pair of comfortable walking or running shoes.
9Elliptical motion trainer WalkingElliptical motion trainerAn exercise machine that mimics the natural motions of running but without placing stress on the joints.Term to KnowYou can get a variation of walking and jogging movements by working out indoors on an elliptical motion trainer.
10WalkingThere are several kinds of walking programs that you can participate in, including:Brisk walkingPower walkingRace walkingWater walking
11WalkingPedometerA device that measures the number of steps you take and records the distance you travel on foot.Term to KnowAn easy way of monitoring your progress and staying motivated is by using a pedometer.When walking with a pedometer, try to accumulate 10,000 steps a day, or 4 miles.
12Jogging and RunningJogging and running are ideal for controlling body weight and maintaining higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness.Joggers move at between 4 and 5 miles per hour. Runners move at speeds of 5 to 7 miles per hour or faster.To prevent shinsplints, start slowly and wear proper footwear.
13Jogging and RunningHeart rate monitorA device that records your heart beat by means of a chest transmitter and wrist monitor.Term to KnowA good way to monitor the intensity of your jogging or running program is to use a heart rate monitor.
14BicyclingBicycling is a low-impact activity that is excellent for overweight individuals because the body weight is supported.An alternative to conventional bicycling is riding a stationary bicycle.
15Other Aerobic Activities on Wheels Other aerobic activities to increase cardiorespiratory endurance include in-line skating and skateboarding.
16Aerobic Dance and Stair-Stepping Aerobic dance and stair-stepping are aerobic activities that allow you to exercise and socialize at the same time.Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and supportive footwear.
17Aerobic Dance and Stair-Stepping Stair-stepping involves stepping up and down on a single step (usually 6-inches high), or steps stacked on top of one another.The exercise may involve different upper body movements or routines as well.
18Aerobic Dance and Stair-Stepping Usually aerobic dance is performed in a group and set to music.The dancing can be done at low, moderate, or high levels of intensity.
19KickboxingKickboxing is a popular new aerobic activity that is usually performed in a group with music.Kickboxing requires your body to work both aerobically and anaerobically because the routines involve kicks and punches.
20Cross-Country SkiingCross-country skiing is one of the best types of cardiorespiratory-fitness conditioning because it requires the use of both your arms and legs in a continuous activity.It is a low-impact aerobic activity that puts less stress on your joints than running or jogging.
21Water ActivitiesExercising in the water is a low-impact activity that improves cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, and endurance.Aerobic activities in water include:Lap swimmingAquatic aerobicsAquatic step trainingAquatic line dancing