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After a brief warm up, the subject walks as briskly as possible
for one mile (1609 meters) with a heart rate monitor. Tester
records heart rate (beats per minute) and time to completion.
Evaluates cardiovascular fitness for adults.
It is important to accurately measure exercise heart rate.
Heart rate was electronically monitored in the original study.
A 10 second (Rockport) or 15 second (ACE) pulse may be used if
the tester is very proficient but an electronic heart rate monitor
is recommended. See post-exercise
palpation of pulse rate study.
This test can be administered outdoors on a track or on a
and will give similar results (Nieman, 1999).
R = 0.88; SEE ± 5.0 ml/kg/min
Kline GM, Porcari JP, Hintermeister R, et. al. 1987. Estimation
of VO2 Max from a one mile track walk, gender, age, and body
weight. Medicine and Science in sports and Exercise. 19:253-59.
Nieman DC (1999) Exercise Testing and Prescription: A Health-Related
Approach (4th Ed.). Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Company,