A system devised in the 1960s by Dr Kenneth C. Cooper to score the beneficial effects of different aerobic exercises on the heart, lungs, and circulatory system. Each exercise is awarded points dependent on the type of exercise, its frequency, intensity, and duration. For example, a 2-mile walk completed in under 30 min, performed five times a week, scores 25 points; four sessions of aerobic dance classes per week scores 36 points. Dr Cooper proposed that in order to develop cardiovascular fitness a person needs to earn at least 30 aerobic points each week. Cooper's proposition that you have to expend a certain amount of energy to be healthy is generally supported, but the scientific validity of his point system has been questioned.
Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.