25 Cardiorespiratory Training Exercises

Cardiorespiratory Fitness

Cardiorespiratory fitness is the ability of the body to utilize oxygen during moderate- to high-intensity exercise as the body’s circulatory system and respiratory system work together to supply oxygen to working muscles. Cardiorespiratory fitness is one of the five components of fitness that relates to overall health. By improving cardiorespiratory fitness, muscles are able to work more intensely and for a longer duration. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity or an equivalent combination each week. Overall, it is suggested to aim for the recommended activity level but be as active as you are able.

Examples of Cardiorespiratory Exercises

Example cardiorespiratory activities include running, walking, swimming, cycling, and exercising on cardio equipment. It is also common to complete an interval training workout with body weight exercises. Examples of these exercises are listed below.

  • Skaters
  • Jump Jacks/Star Jacks
  • Squat Jumps
  • Hurdle Jumps
  • Forward Jump Shuffle Back
  • Side Shuffles
  • Plyometric Lunges
  • Burpees
  • Mountain Climbers




U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2018). Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition. Retrieved from https://health.gov/paguidelines/second-edition/pdf/Physical_Activity_Guidelines_2nd_edition.pdf


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