|Ownindex is a score which is comparable to
VO2max, a commonly used descriptor of aerobic fitness. Own index is a result of the
Polar fitness Test, which is an easy and quick way to estimate maximal aerobic power.
The ownindex is based on heart rate, heart rate variability at rest, body structure
and self assessed physical activity.
Cardiovascular or aerobic fitness relates to how well your cardiovascular system works to transport oxygen to your body. The better the cardiovascular fitness, the stronger and more efficient your heart is.
Having good cardiovascular fitness has many health benefits, it decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases, stroke and high blood pressure.
Cardiovascular fitness is best improved by exercise types which use large muscle groups such as walking, running, swimming, rowing, skating, cross-country skiing and cycling.
Measure your ownindex a couple of times initially then each week on the same time and
day (twice to get and average reading). Make sure you are well rested, relaxed and
not distracted by anything such as people, tv's or radio. Avoid eating a heavy meal,
drinking alcohol or coffee and any other kind of drug. Record the info in your
personal log book and watch your progress.
I have already tested this out and have found a new motivation to train with.