Results On Aerobic Fitness Test and A New Fitness Goal

the start placeFor a long time, I’ve wanted test my aerobic fitness level, which I finally did on Friday afternoon.

For the test, I chose the Eurofit 2 Kilometer Walk Test (2 km ~1.24 miles ) that is commonly used in Finland. It doesn’t require any fancy equipment, you only need a heart rate monitor (even a stopwatch may be enough), so I figured I can do it on my own.

The Topend web page states rather depressingly that it’s a test for “adults aged 20-65 of poor fitness who would not be able to complete a running test”. Huh.

Luckily, I have a well marked 3.75 km forest path near where I live which I test walked on Wednesday. On Friday afternoon I belted myself with my Suunto heart rate monitor and headed for the track. When I passed the starting point, I took off like a pack of hungry zombies was on my heels (you’re supposed to walk 2 km as fast as you can). When I reached the 2km end point, I stopped and checked my heart rate and time.

According to my Suunto heart rate monitor, I walked the track in 19 minutes and 9 seconds and my heart rate at the end was 74.

When I got back home I switched on my computer and entered my age, height, weight, sex, time and heart rate to the calculator, which told my aerobic fitness index is 103, which means my aerobic fitness level is average compared to women in my age group.

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Frankly, I’m disappointed in my result. 🙁 I’ve been walking diligently for 12 months and I know my fitness level has improved hugely compared to what it was earlier (when I got my Omron pedometer).

I think I walked the test as quickly as it’s physically possible for me to walk (I have short limbs) whithout falling on my face. I wonder how I’m possibly going to be able to walk any faster in the future, unless I learn race walking technique of course!?

I also reread my instructions more carefully and noticed that you’re supposed to walk on a level surface. There was a gentle hill in the beginning of my walk, so it’s possible I’d got a better time without the hill.

My New Fitness Goal

This is a good time to announce a new fitness goal!

I’m not actually going to start improving my aerobic fitness now. Instead,  I’m going to start improving my upper body strength. My goal is being able to do 10 male push ups till 31st May 2012.  (A goal I know my fitness blogging pal Marion will approve of).

I chose this date because my sister decided she wants to be able to do splits (like she was able to do when she was younger) by that date.

Best Wishes,

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P.S. Have you taken an aerobic fitness test in near past?

Comments

  1. Hi Satu! First of all, the most important thing is that you exercise consistently–which you do. The second I would add is that you have drastically improved your health by your walking and other exercising.

    Your biggest problem of this post is that you are comparing yourself to a statistic. That will always be demoralizing.

    And, there are a LOT of good reasons not to take a running test, besides being out of shape. I would NEVER do a running test, even though I’m sure I could run a mile. It’s not worth messing up my knee again. So don’t let that mind game do a single thing.

    What do you really want for your fitness? I’m not sure you’ve really quantified it to me.

    I do *really* like your boy push-up goal, but I would lower it to 5 so that it is an easier goal. (Of course, If you eventually hit 10–then you doubled the goal.) Little goals are *much* better because they are more doable, so you are more motivated. Since you are flexible, I would have a fun flexibility goal for you too. I always have a bunch of goals going on in case some don’t succeed.<<And I have those.

    But certainly don't feel bad about one of those (stupid) fitness tests. I despise fitness tests.

    🙂 Marion

    • Satu says:

      You’re right, Marion. The problem is comparing myself to a statistic (other people). And I know how much I have improved in the last 12 months even though I have no test results to prove it.

  2. Lori says:

    You can do the pushups! Just work up to them consistently and you can get there. Plus, you will feel like a badass doing them military style 😀

    • Satu says:

      LOL My goal sounds even better if you call it “military style”. And I want to feel like a badass! 🙂

  3. Biz says:

    I am short too, so not sure how you’ll be able to walk faster – love your push up goals! OMG, when I was a child I was so flexible, used to sleep in the Chinese splits – now? Um, not so much!

    Hope you had a great weekend!

  4. Satu says:

    Hi Biz! I’m so happy someone understands my short limb dilemma. Perhaps I SHOULD learn race walking technique for the next test! 🙂 I’m almost able to do splits even now: little bit of training and I could go all the way down.

    I was just visitng your blog and got hungry watching all those delicious dishes.

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