Proper planning of aerobic training to achieve improvements in health, sports performance and weight reduction requires the correct evaluation of aerobic fitness, as well as accurate information about training intensity and the energetic cost of any given effort. A stress test provides all the requisite information for planning and monitoring aerobic exercise for both professional and amateur athletes, and for those engaged in physical exercise either to maintain a healthy lifestyle or as part of a weight loss program.


Aerobic fitness reflects your ability to persevere in efforts undertaken by large muscle groups at maximum pace over time, and it depends on the body's ability to produce energy for muscle function using oxygen. Activities such as walking, running, cycling, swimming and rowing improve aerobic fitness.