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