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What is your aerobic fitness level?

Your aerobic fitness level gives an indication of how efficiently your heart and lungs are working to transport oxygen and nutrients into tissues and helping to remove waste from your body more quickly. Aerobic fitness also helps keep our heart strong and working to its optimum capacity.

How do you test your aerobic fitness?
Before you start marching, make a mental note of the point between your hip and knee. Aim to bring your knees up to this point for every step you take. Now begin marching on the spot, bringing alternate knees to this benchmark height.

As your right leg comes up, swing your left arm in a marching rhythm before changing to the opposite leg and arm. Your head should be looking forward. Try not to bring your knee up too far as you could pull a hamstring.

Aim for 30 steps in one minute and continue marching for three minutes. When you have completed this exercise, measure your heart rate by placing two fingers on the pulse found on your wrist just below the base of your hand. Take a count of the number of beats you can feel over a period of ten seconds. This indicates how efficiently your heart and lungs are working to bring oxygen and nutrients to your body.

What the results show:

21+ beats - poor level of aerobic fitness
16 - 20 beats - average level of aerobic fitness
Less than 16 beats - good to very good level of aerobic fitness 

Written by Active at 11:00

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