Cardiorespiratory Fitness Activities for Various Levels

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  • 1:20 Fitness Activities
  • 1:51 Group 1
  • 2:29 Group II
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Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Cardiorespiratory fitness is important at all ages and at all levels of development. This lesson will explore the many different types of fitness activities for various levels of fitness. We will end with a brief quiz to test what you have learned.

What Is Cardiorespiratory Fitness?

When is the last time you felt out of breath during some physical activity? Maybe you walked up several flights of stairs and found yourself breathing heavily. Or perhaps you walked a long distance and felt you needed to take a moment to catch your breath. If you exercise regularly, you might find these types of activities less challenging. That is an indication of cardiorespiratory fitness.

Cardiorespiratory fitness is a measure of your body's ability to transport and use oxygen during exercise or physical exertion. In one respect, cardiorespiratory fitness is measured by how efficiently your body carries oxygen to your muscles during physical movement. Your heart, arteries, veins, and lungs contribute to this transportation of oxygen.

The second facet of cardiorespiratory fitness is based on how well your muscles absorb that oxygen and put it to use. In very simplistic terms, the more physically fit you are, the better your cardiorespiratory fitness. Therefore, to increase this level of fitness, you should engage in strenuous exercise for 20 to 60 minutes three to five times per week.

Now that we understand what cardiorespiratory fitness is, let's take a closer look at different fitness activities that are appropriate for different ages and developmental levels.

Fitness Activities

Have you ever pushed yourself too far physically and felt sore or extremely tired the next day? Even worse, you may have felt faint or so winded that you had to stop all activity at once. That is an indication that you went beyond your current level of fitness.

When striving to increase your level of cardiorespiratory fitness, it is important to increase level and intensity slowly and according to your current level of fitness. There are different types and intensities of exercise for several different skill levels.

Group I

Group I fitness activities are those that can be done by almost anyone of any age with some degree of mobility and motor control. They do not require special skills and can vary in intensity based on the individual's level of fitness. These are great for people who are just starting out in fitness activities.

Group I activities that do not require any equipment other than a good pair of sneakers include walking, jogging, running, and stair climbing. Rowing and cycling on stationary devices are also good options for this level but do require some special equipment, namely a rowing machine or a stationary bicycle.

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