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Speed and Exercise Intensity of Recreational Walkers

Murtagh, Elaine, Boreham, Colin and Murphy, Marie (2002) Speed and Exercise Intensity of Recreational Walkers. Preventive Medicine, 35 (4). pp. 397-400. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/pmed.2002.1090

DOI: doi:10.1006/pmed.2002.1090


Background. Brisk walking has been identified as anactivity suited to meet American College of SportMedicine/Centers for Disease Control and Preventionrecommendations for moderate intensity exercise (55–69% HRmax, 40–59% VO2R). However, little is knownabout whether recreational walkers self-select a pacewhich elicits this intensity and how they interpret theterm “brisk walking.”Methods. The walking speed of 82 adults was covertlyobserved in a public park. Fifty-nine of theseparticipants demonstrated their interpretation of“brisk walking” and the speed was noted. Eleven ofthese subjects subsequently walked on a treadmill attheir observed and “brisk walk” speeds. Heart rate(HR), respiratory gases, and ratings of perceived exertion(RPE) were measured.Results. Mean observed and “brisk” walking speedswere 1.56 � 0.17 m � s�1 and 1.79 � 0.19 m � s�1 respectively(P < 0.001). Mean exercise intensities during thetreadmill test (n � 11) were 59.0 � 13.4% VO2max and67.3 � 11.6% HRmax for the observed speed (1.60 � 0.24m � s�1). The brisk speed (1.86 � 0.12 m � s�1) equated to68.6 � 14.9% VO2max and 78.5 � 15.5% HRmax.Conclusion. The speed and intensity selected by thisgroup of walkers meets current recommendationsfor moderate intensity exercise. Instructing individualsto “walk briskly” prompts more vigorousactivity.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:walking speed; exercise intensity; brisk walking; health.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Physical Activity and Health
ID Code:1915
Deposited By: Professor Marie Murphy
Deposited On:04 Feb 2010 16:23
Last Modified:09 Dec 2015 09:58

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