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MIMAWELIZABETH SparkPoints: (296,013)
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2/16/13 5:54 A

THANKS, COACH JEN! emoticon


My son Scott's memorial:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AopgOKaOUwY

"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy.
I'm telling you it's going to be worth it."

"Life isn't about how to survive the storm,
but how to dance in the rain."
UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
2/14/13 1:11 P

You don't need to do *that* test.

Okay, so the pool is good, do you do laps? Your test can be how many laps can you get done in 20 minutes? Try to improve that figure over the months.

Deb, in New Zealand
SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 58,118
2/14/13 8:09 A

Hi Elizabeth

The results for those tests are based on doing that specific activity, so you couldn't substitute something else and use the same guide to determine your performance. I'm not aware of any similar tests in the water or seated, but I think you could still create your own test. Perhaps you do another activity that raises your heart rate, measure your heart rate during the test and record the amount of time. Then a few months from now, you could retest yourself under the same conditions to see how you're progressing.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
MIMAWELIZABETH SparkPoints: (296,013)
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2/14/13 4:45 A

I read an interesting Spark article about testing cardiovascular health:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=1115


I'd like to do this; but due to a spinal injury, I can't step up or down without physical help. Is there another activity that can substitute for the step? Could
I do the test using any exercise that raises my heart rate significantly?

The best place for me to exercise, as far as being able to move for any length of time and with minimal pain, is in a pool (water). On land, I can't do much high intensity; although, on a good day, Chair Aerobics would probably qualify.

Thanks for your help!





Edited by: MIMAWELIZABETH at: 2/14/2013 (04:46)

My son Scott's memorial:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AopgOKaOUwY

"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy.
I'm telling you it's going to be worth it."

"Life isn't about how to survive the storm,
but how to dance in the rain."
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