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.
2/14/13 8:09 A
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,
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16,270 2/14/13 4:45 A
I read an interesting Spark article about testing cardiovascular health:
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.
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