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Cardiovascular Fitness

The need for speed workouts
Looking to improve your 2-mile time or set a new 5K personal record (PR)? Learn how to train smarter and faster.
PFT/PRT prep—Part 1: Aerobic conditioning
The PFT/PRT is designed to test your cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength. In this three-part series, HPRC takes a closer look at each component, offers tips on training optimization, and suggests how to prevent common training-related injuries.
Rebuilding Cardiovascular Fitness
Aerobic fitness is important for optimal performance. If you’re just getting back into a cardio routine or even starting a new one, use these tips to get in shape safely and efficiently.
Overtraining—what happens when you do too much
Overtraining syndrome (OTS) is what can occur if you push your training regime too far. Signs of OTS are chronic fatigue and declining performance despite continued training. Recuperation can take weeks or even months.
Running for fitness
Running is great form of aerobic exercise that, if done properly, is a safe and inexpensive means of training. However, each individual is different, so it’s important to create a tailored training program with a clear goal in mind to prevent injuries. Following basic guidelines can reduce your risk of injury and improve your fitness.
Physical Fitness and Injury Prevention [PDF]
An HPRC postcard on core strength and flexibility.
Find your Target Heart Rate
Tracking your heart rate is a great way to keep track of your exercise intensity.
5 ways to stay active at work
Even with regular exercise, sitting for most of the day can increase your risk for chronic illnesses and early death. Find out what you can do about it.