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step test

test of aerobic fitness involving stepping up and down with alternate legs for a predetermined period followed by a series of measurements of postexercise heart rate, to determine its rate of return to resting level. Variants in current use include those prescribed by the YMCA and the Association College of Sports Medicine. The original Harvard step test, devised in the 1940s, used a higher step and longer exercise period (up and down 20 inches, every 2 s, for up to 5 min) than in most recent specifications.
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Increased post-exercise SBP and DBP in Harvard step test shows normal physiological response to exercise.
Determination of physical fitness index (PFI) with modified harvard step test (HST) in young men & women.
2] max under field conditions is a difficult task and therefore the Harvard step test was used to measure physical fitness under field conditions.
Significance of resting pulse rate in relation to physical fitness and training is well documented in early studies using Harvard step test (29,30).
Only those present on the day of data collection and the day the Harvard Step Test was conducted were included in the study.
Therefore, final data analyses were conducted on those students who completed both the modified Harvard Step Test and the questionnaire (n = 257).
MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present study has been conducted to observe the cardiovascular response (heart rate and blood pressure) to exercise in healthy young adults using Harvard step test and to compare the influence of parental history of hypertension on it.
It was used for the exercise called as Harvard step test.
Bench stepping with hand weights burns up to 30% more calories than traditional aerobics, according to data from the Harvard Step Test.
2] max was indirectly assessed by the Astrand nomogram method from submaximal exercise data obtained using Harvard step test.

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