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How can I tell if I'm in good cardiovascular shape?

The ability of your heart to recover from activity is an indicator of your cardiovascular fitness. Before you workout, subtract your age from 220. This is your estimated maximum heart-rate. During your next workout bring your heart rate up to 80% of your maximum, and then stop. Take your pulse for one minute, and see how much your heart rate dropped. If it does not drop a significant amount, you should incorporate more cardiovascular training into your fitness program.

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