How is cardiorespiratory fitness measured?

The best method to measure cardiorespiratory fitness is by measuring VO2Max, which is a calculation of how efficiently your body can transport and uitlize oxygen. To get an accurate measurement, expensive and extensive equipment is needed.

Professionals are however able to estimate a person's maximum VO2, or determine a starting point for a cardiorespiratory conditioning program by performing a sub-maximal test, and then using an equation to come to a result. Some tests that are often used include the 3-Minute Step Test, and the Rockport Walk Test. Results for these tests are compared to a normative charts, and from there, fitness can be evaluated.

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