The President's Challenge Adult Fitness Test

Aerobic Fitness

Aerobic fitness is also known as cardiovascular fitness. It relates to the heart, blood vessels, and lungs working together to deliver oxygen-rich blood to the muscles during exercise. A high level of aerobic fitness is associated with lower risks of several diseases, including high blood pressure and coronary heart disease.

To measure aerobic fitness, perform either the one-mile walk test or 1.5 mile run:

The 1-mile walk

You should only attempt to take this test if you are routinely walking 15 to 20 minutes several times per week. If you do not do any type of physical activity (walking, swimming, bicycling) DO NOT try to take this test.

The 1.5 mile run

You should only attempt to take this test if you are running at least 20 minutes continuously three or more times a week. If you do not do any type of physical activity (walking, swimming, bicycling) DO NOT try to take this test.