What is cardiorespiratory endurance?
This is a measure of how efficiently the heart, lungs and muscles in a person’s body perform during high intensity exercise. It gives insight into the individual’s physical well-being.
When cardiorespiratory endurance is of a high level, their oxygen uptake by their lungs and heart is more efficient and allows them to partake in physical activity for an extended period of time with little or reduced fatigue compared to an individual with poor cardiorespiratory endurance.
For an individual to maintain a high level of activity during high intensity exercise, their muscles and internal structures need a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients, because without this they create an increased amount of waste products and become weak and fatigued. Cardiorespiratory endurance exercise enhances heart health by allowing the heart to pump more blood and send more nutrients and oxygen to blood with the same amount of oxygen being consumed. To measure the individual’s level of cardiorespiratory endurance, the way their body consumes and utilises oxygen is analysed.
What are some cardiorespiratory endurance exercises?
These are exercises which can be done at home or as a part of a gym program. Cardiorespiratory endurance exercises enhance heart health by their design which helps to increase blood pumped by the heart, to build strength, and burn fat. The exercises should be completed for at least a minute for as many times as possible, with a 30 second break between exercises. They can be graded up or down to be more challenging or easier through decreasing the duration and level of intensity of the exercises.
The exercises which can be performed include:
- Jumping jacks,
- Side to side hops,
- Mountain climbers,
- In and out hopping squats,
- And other aerobic activities such as: running or jogging, dancing and swimming.
It is best to consult a health professional before starting a new exercise program if you have existing pain or health conditions. At Urban Health HQ our highly trained exercise physiologists specialise in cardiorespiratory conditions and will use their extensive knowledge of exercise and its effect on the body to improve heart health and manage any conditions or concerns you may have. You can make an appointment today by calling 0411 563 391.