Physical Activity Versus Cardiorespiratory Fitness: Two (Partly) Distinct Components of Cardiovascular Health?

Laura F. DeFina, William L. Haskell, Benjamin L. Willis, Carolyn E. Barlow, Carrie E. Finley, Benjamin D. Levine, Kenneth H. Cooper

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Abstract

Physical activity (PA) and cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) both have inverse relationships to cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality. Recent position papers and guidelines have identified the important role of both of these factors in CV health. The benefits of PA and CRF in the prevention of CV disease and risk factors are reviewed. In addition, assessment methodology and utilization in the research and clinical arenas are discussed. Finally, the benefits, methodology, and utilization are compared and contrasted to better understand the two (partly) distinct components and their impact on CV health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-329
Number of pages6
JournalProgress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Volume57
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • Cardiorespiratory fitness
  • Cardiovascular disease prevention
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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