Adoption of the UKK Walk Test in the Assessment of Cardiorespiratory Fitness of Women

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Otinwa, G.O.
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Purpose of this study was to assess cardiorespiratory fitness of a group of 60 U.S. women, using the UKK 2 Km walk test, and to compare fitness of the study group to Nigerian women and reported norms. Participants’ height, weight, BMI, and body fat percentage, and resting values of heart rate and blood pressure were measured. Subjects walked 2 km as fast as they could on an indoor track wearing a polar heart rate monitor. The UKK Institute’s prediction equation was used to calculate a fitness index based on gender, age, body weight, time to walk 2 km, and heart rate at the end of the walk. Means, standard deviations, and the calculated fitness index were used in the analysis. Results showed the older age brackets had higher values in the variables tested, and were considered overweight, while some were obese. Resting values of all subjects were within normal range for blood pressure. Fitness indices showed the 20-30 years age bracket had a mean of 91.81 (average cardiorespiratory fitness), while the other 3 groups had lower scores. Involvement in physical activity for 30 minutes duration, 3-5 days a week is recommended as a means of improving cardiorespiratory fitness.
Otinwa, G. O. (2005). Adoption of UKK Walk Test in the Assessment of Cardiorespiratory Fitness of Women: Journal of International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sports and Dance, XLI (3), 22 – 26.