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Does an increase in VO2 max have an impact on general health?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 01, 2012 at 6:42 AM

Does increasing your VO2 max increase your health in any way? You could point to different ways strength training has a direct positive impact on health, but does increasing v02 max do the same in any way?

06935be03aaa3cc589afb3b5e01268ad

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on July 22, 2012
at 07:11 PM

http://healthland.time.com/2012/06/04/extreme-workouts-when-exercise-does-more-harm-than-good/ Excessive exercise can weaken the immune system, as a consequence of it, you can become ill faster than if the immune system works optimally.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 19, 2012
at 01:34 PM

@foreveryoung....I agree that HIIT is a great way to improve VO2 but it is not necessariy the best or most efficient for all people. And HIIT is a form of endurance training. Not the standard slow cardio endurance, but it is muscular endurance training. I am a huge proponent of HIIT.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 19, 2012
at 01:32 PM

@Dysnes....Why do you say that? I am just curious as to your reasonings.

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on May 27, 2012
at 03:02 PM

I think you got your answer backwards, conciliator.

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on April 15, 2012
at 02:37 PM

The fastest and most efficient means of increasing Vo2 max is via HIIT. That is not endurance training.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

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on April 01, 2012
at 07:06 PM

Intervals count as endurance training to me.

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on April 01, 2012
at 02:25 PM

You can increase VO2max with Tabata workouts; that was the subject of his original papers.

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on April 01, 2012
at 10:00 AM

More is better than less, but dont train too much, then it starts to be unhealthy. Approximately four hours is considered the best amount pr. week, from maximum length of life standpoint.

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on May 30, 2012
at 03:35 PM

A higher VO2 Max means oxygen is carried more efficiently in the blood. This is done by increased amounts of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen.

I'm not sure if there are any noticeable benefits on a daily basis, but you should get fatigued slower, slower heart rate, and your blood should be moving a little quicker I'd assume, as well.

Are there benefits to these things? Sure. I'm not sure how to quantify how beneficial they are though.

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on July 19, 2012
at 03:42 PM

Your overall health "score" constutes the aggregated index of various health measures. Going to take a shot in the dark and say that erectile strength would be a good indicator of VO2 capacity, and erectile strength is one health measure. So, incrasing your VO2 max may increase at least one marker of good health and improve your overall health "score."

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on July 19, 2012
at 01:18 PM

Noakes, T. D., Myburgh, K. H., & Schall, R. (1990). Peak treadmill running velocity during VO2max test predicts running performance. Journal of Sports Sciences, 8, 35-45.

Marathon runners (N = 20) and ultra-marathoners (N = 23) were tested for VO2max, peak treadmill running velocity, velocity at lactate turnpoint, and VO2 at 16 km/h using an incremental (1 min) treadmill test.

Results. Race times at 10, 21.1, and 42.2 km of the specialist marathoners were faster than those of the ultra-marathoners, however, only the 10 km time differed significantly. Lactate turnpoint occurred at 77.4% of VO2max and at 74.7% of peak treadmill velocity. The average VO2 at 16 km/h was 51.2 ml/kg/min which represented 78.5% of VO2max.

For all distances, performance time in other races was the best predictor of performance (r = .95 to .98).

The best laboratory predictors were: (a) peak treadmill running velocity (r = -.89 to -.94); (b) running velocity at lactate turnpoint (r = -.91 to -.93); and (c) fractional use of VO2max at 16 km/h (r = .86 to .90). The predictive value of the lactate turnpoint measure increased as the distance increased.

The poorest predictors were: VO2max (r = -.55 to -.81) and VO2 at 16 km/h (r = .40 to .45).

Conclusion. There may be no unique physiological characteristics that distinguish elite long-distance (10 km or longer) runners as is often promoted. Other factors determine success in high level sports among exclusive groups of superior athletes.

Implication. Running performance is the best predictor of running capability in elite long-distance runners. Physiological laboratory testing gives less information than does actual performance. Even the fastest speed of running on the treadmill is a better predictor than any physiological measure. This suggests that for at least endurance-dominated sports, actual performances in a variety of performance-specific situations will give more useful information than that which can be obtained in any physiology laboratory test.

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06935be03aaa3cc589afb3b5e01268ad

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on April 01, 2012
at 09:56 AM

A good condition strengthens health.

In Denmark, says the official recommendations that a woman should have an oxygen uptake of 0.35 ml of oxygen per minute per kg body weight.

For men, the recommendations of 0.40 ml

06935be03aaa3cc589afb3b5e01268ad

(158)

on April 01, 2012
at 10:00 AM

More is better than less, but dont train too much, then it starts to be unhealthy. Approximately four hours is considered the best amount pr. week, from maximum length of life standpoint.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 19, 2012
at 01:32 PM

@Dysnes....Why do you say that? I am just curious as to your reasonings.

06935be03aaa3cc589afb3b5e01268ad

(158)

on July 22, 2012
at 07:11 PM

http://healthland.time.com/2012/06/04/extreme-workouts-when-exercise-does-more-harm-than-good/ Excessive exercise can weaken the immune system, as a consequence of it, you can become ill faster than if the immune system works optimally.

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Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

on April 01, 2012
at 07:08 AM

Seeing as you can't really increase VO2max without endurance training, and endurance training in moderate amounts is beneficial for health, then yes increasing VO2max is good for health. Not per se, but it is good nonetheless.

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20888)

on April 01, 2012
at 02:25 PM

You can increase VO2max with Tabata workouts; that was the subject of his original papers.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

(2890)

on April 01, 2012
at 07:06 PM

Intervals count as endurance training to me.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 15, 2012
at 02:37 PM

The fastest and most efficient means of increasing Vo2 max is via HIIT. That is not endurance training.

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

(6097)

on May 27, 2012
at 03:02 PM

I think you got your answer backwards, conciliator.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 19, 2012
at 01:34 PM

@foreveryoung....I agree that HIIT is a great way to improve VO2 but it is not necessariy the best or most efficient for all people. And HIIT is a form of endurance training. Not the standard slow cardio endurance, but it is muscular endurance training. I am a huge proponent of HIIT.

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