Cardiorespiratory Fitness Assessment and Treatment for Health Span and Lifespan

Authors

  • David Duizer

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.54434/candj.76

Abstract

Poor cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is an important risk factor for age-related diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer, dementia and osteoporosis. When evaluated through an active metabolism test and reported as VO2Max, or the maximal oxygen uptake during intense exercise, CRF is a highly valued functional marker to assess overall wellness and disease risk in the elderly. For every 3.5ml/kg/min increase in VO2Max there is an associated 13% decrease in all-cause mortality. CRF is trainable in the elderly through endurance and high intensity interval training. A Naturopathic Doctor’s holistic approach to optimal wellness includes exercise as a lifestyle intervention and CRF analysis enables their exercise protocols to be individualized for the purpose of improving VO2Max. VO2Max can be improved by up to 11% in 8 weeks with exercise consistency. CRF evaluation and treatment in the elderly population is a high priority of an evidence-informed optimal wellness program and one that Naturopathic Doctors are well trained to lead.

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Published

2021-01-28

How to Cite

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Duizer D. Cardiorespiratory Fitness Assessment and Treatment for Health Span and Lifespan. CANDJ [Internet]. 2021 Jan. 28 [cited 2022 Aug. 17];27(3):22-5. Available from: https://candjournal.ca/index.php/candj/article/view/76

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Practice