VO2 max, or maximal oxygen uptake, is a measure of the maximum amount of oxygen an individual can utilize during intense exercise. It’s a key indicator of a person’s aerobic fitness level. VO2 max is expressed in milliliters of oxygen used in one minute per kilogram of body weight (ml/kg/min).
VO2 max is a critical metric for assessing cardiovascular fitness and endurance capacity. Maintaining or improving VO2 max through regular physical activity can contribute to better health and longevity by reducing the risk of chronic diseases and improving overall quality of life. However, VO2 max is just one aspect of health and fitness, and it is important to also consider other lifestyle factors such as diet, strength training, flexibility, and mental well-being in the pursuit of longevity and optimal health.