Health & Safety

September 20, 2012

Test Your Aerobic Fitness

Tags:
Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths)
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John McArthur, 355th Medical Support Squadrons Radiology Flight chief, and David Friederich, Health and Wellness Center health and fitness specialist set up the metabolic cart prior to using the device at the HAWC here Sept. 11. The metabolic cart measures your aerobic fitness.

The Health and Wellness Center recently introduced a new piece of equipment; something that could help you improve physical fitness test scores. The device is called the Metabolic Cart.

This device helps personnel look at how aerobically fit they are. The cart measures metabolic systems, as well as cardiovascular and respirator functions both at rest and at exercise.

A combination of the Bod Pod and the Metabolic Cart can give some good insight on what things you may need to work on to improve your overall fitness, as well as PT scores.

“The Bod Pod looks at the percent of body fat, this measures your aerobic fitness,” said Guy Leahy, exercise physiologist at the HAWC. “The two are a good combination to give Airmen different perspectives on how fit they are. It can tell them whether they are gaining excessive body fat and if their fitness levels lower. Both can have negatives effects on PT test performance as well as their health.”

Not only will this device help personnel see where they’re at aerobically, it could help them train more effectively.

“It’s a teaching tool,” Leahy said. “They’re put through the test on the treadmill and they get a hard number to see where they compare to relative national norms. If they’re on the low end, they can make improvements on this value in order to do better. They will also get an estimate of their heart rate which also helps them to train more effectively.”

Lt. Col. John McArthur, 355th Medical Support Squadron Radiology Flight chief, gave the metabolic cart a shot and was impressed with the overall testing process and results.

“It gives you a real accurate picture of where you are, so it might be eye opening or encouraging,” said McArthur. “It also helps you set your target heart rate zones, which helps guide your workouts a little more accurately. The staff here does a great job of guiding you through the results and telling you what they mean. They walk you through the test and everything. It was a nice experience.”

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call the HAWC at 228-2294. Appointments can be made from, 7a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Wear comfortable workout attire and do not eat or exercise two hours prior to the test. Personnel will also be screened before testing to check for risk factors of heart disease.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

TRICARE beneficiaries being targeted by call centers

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Defense Health Agency, Office of Program Integrity (DHA-PI) has received a significant number of concerns from our TRICARE beneficiaries regarding unsolicited contact from call centers encouraging them to provide personally identifiable and health information. According to sources, the call center will normally cold call and say, “I am a representative...
 
 
(U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Jessica H. Smith and Airman Connor J. Marth)

More than meets the eye

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — The word abuse often conjures images of bruises, swollen lips and harsh markings, but abuse is more than meets the eye. It can be much more than physical suffering and can have last...
 
 

Reminder to Airmen: Avoid hemp seed products

WASHINGTON D.C.  — Air Force drug testing officials have long warned military members to avoid products that include hemp seed or hemp oil in order to ensure military readiness. In 2013, news reports on the Air Force’s prohibition of a popular yogurt brand spotlighted a regulation, in effect since the late 1990s. Military members were told to...
 

 

AF’s updated policy further promotes tobacco-free environments

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force has led the military in advancing innovative tobacco control policies, such as the tobacco-free medical campus and prohibiting tobacco use outside “designated tobacco areas.” Now, an updated Air Force instruction, published in March, seeks to further reduce health impacts from smoking, the nation’s leading cause of death. “The Air Force is...
 
 

Preventing sexual assault in the Air Force is our enduring responsibility

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As we begin Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, clear signs point to the progress we have made in combating sexual assault. We can cite encouraging numbers in the areas of prevalence, reporting and convictions; however, this serves as only the beginning of an enduring effort. This effort must continue without pause and we...
 
 

Air Force stands up Task Force Cyber Secure

WASHINGTON, (AFNS) — Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Mark A. Welsh III signed a memorandum on March 20, establishing Task Force Cyber Secure, to address challenges of the cyberspace domain in synchronization, operations and governance within the Air Force and with those organizations it supports. “This task force is fundamental to understanding...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin