Latest research shows that the most important factor for improving your brain function is better physical fitness. People who improve their fitness, as measured by a factor called VO2-max, expand the size of brain areas that are critical for memory and attention.
What is the CPET?
The CPET is similar to a stress test that you would have in a cardiology office. It checks the strength of your heart, lungs, and muscles. To do the test, you sit on a stationary bike and keep pedaling as our certified exercise physiologist increases the resistance. He or she will check the amount of oxygen your body uses during peak exercise, the amount of carbon dioxide produced, your breathing pattern, and heart rate. The results tell us how good of shape you are in.
Why do I need to do this?
Latest neuroscience discoveries show that improving your physical fitness is the most important way to enhance your brain function. At our brain center, we will help you increase your physical fitness so that your brain function and performance improve.
How long does the test take?
The test should take approximately 45 to 60 minutes. Most of the time is setup and making sure you are comfortable on the bike; you will only be exercising on the bike for about 15-25 minutes.
Are there risks?
We will stop the test at any time if you feel uncomfortable. Potential risks include feeling lightheaded, fainting, developing chest pain, or having irregular heart rate.
How to prepare?
- Wear comfortable clothing and footwear that you would wear going to the gym.
- Wear closed-toe shoes proper for riding a bicycle (no high heels, sandals or flip flops).
- Avoid eating or drinking (except water) for 3 hours before your test.
- Refrain from exercise or intensive physical exertion for 12 hours before your test.