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Your body's fitness

Fitness test module measures your fitness level, gives an assessment of your body's ability to withstand physical exertion and tracks its progress over time.

The Fitness test module gives you an accurate evaluation of your fitness level in just 3 minutes. This fitness level shows your current ability to perform physical exercise. Using this test may help you to optimize your fitness program, track your fitness progress and see how fit you are compared to your age group or even top athletes!

Whether you are a novice in fitness or a well-trained athlete, if you care about your fitness and want to maintain or improve it, the Fitness Test is a "must have" tool for you. See the progress you're making, adjust your fitness program if necessary, and share your results with your personal trainer to get the maximum from your training program!
 

How the fitness test works

After taking a 1-minute baseline recording in a sitting position, you must stand up slowly and remain standing for another 2 minutes. Your heart rate is being measured during the test. Upon standing up, the heart rate begins rising because the body's internal regulatory system adjusts cardiovascular function to make sure that the upper body continues receiving an adequate blood supply and oxygen consumption. Immediately following the standup session, the regulatory system changes cardiovascular control to return it to its resting condition in a quick and efficient manner. Being under the control of the body's regulatory system, the heart rate drops and continues declining until full recovery (when heart rate achieves its baseline level) occurs. In a healthy organism this process happens very quickly. The longer the recovery process takes the less efficient the cardiovascular system is and the less capable the body is to withstand physical exertion. It is known that the most dramatic drop in heart rate should occur within the first 15 seconds after achieving the highest level of the heart rate. This drop in heart-rate is considered a key indicator of cardiovascular health and the body's ability to perform physical exercise.
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Doing the test

Prepare for the test. The Heart Wizard™ provides simple-to-follow instructions to get started including visuals. Plug-in the Heart Wizard's USB pulse wave sensor, attach the ear-clip to your earlobe or a finger, sit down, relax for 1-2 minutes and be ready to perform the test.

Once you're ready, click the "Start" button for recording. The device will start recording your baseline heart rate and send it to your computer.

After 1 minute you will be asked to stand up and remain standing for another 2 minutes.

Once the test is over the Heart Wizard™ will calculate your fitness level and analyze your body's ability to perform physical exercise.
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Fitness Test report

After you have completed the test, the Heart Wizard™ compares your results with predicted values from a large normative database of healthy individuals of your gender and age group and generates an assessment report. The report includes information about your current fitness level. This will help you to track the ability of your cardiovascular system to withstand physical exercise and show positive changes caused by your health improvement efforts like nutrition, fitness programs and other exercises that affect your body.

Test results shown in the report:

Your Age Fitness Level reflects your fitness condition compared to the fitness level of healthy individuals of your age group. It shows how fit you are considering your age.

Click to see a larger picture of Fitness Test progress screen Absolute Fitness Level reflects your current fitness level on the absolute scale regardless of age. It compares your fitness level with top athletes.

Note: you must avoid having certain conditions (see program screens for details) before testing to obtain accurate results.

Progress Since Last Test shows the progress you've made since the last time you performed the fitness test. Use this parameter to track the short-term effectiveness of your fitness program.

Last 6 months progress shows the progress you've made during the past 6 months. Use this parameter to track the long-term effectiveness of your fitness program.

Average Fitness Level shows a mean level of your fitness for the past 3 months.

Best Fitness Level shows the best fitness level you've ever had. You can beat your personal record at any time!
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