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Cardio respiratory endurance

03/17/2006

Question:

what is cardiovascular endurance

Answer:

"Cardiorespiratory fitness is related to the ability to perform large muscle, dynamic, moderate-to-high intensity exercise for prolonged periods.  Performance of such exercise depends on the functional state of the respiratory, cardiovascular, and skeletal muscle systems.  Cardiorespiratory fitness is considered health-related because low levels of cardiorespiratory fitness have been associated with a markedly increased risk of premature death from all causes and specifically from cardiovascular disease, b) increases in cardiorespiratory fitness are associated with a reduction in death from all causes, and c) high levels of cardiorespiratory fitness are associated with higher levels of habitual physical activity, which are, in turn, associated with many health benefits."  - ACSM, Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, Sixth Edition

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David   Carroll David Carroll
Fitness Instructor
Fitness Center at CARE\Crawley
University of Cincinnati