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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 2001;25(3):474-478.
Comparison of Heart Rate and Oxygen Consumption between Forward and Backward Walking.
Kim, Kweon Young , Choi, Jin Hyuk
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Chosun University College of Medicine.
전방 보행과 후방 보행시 심박수 및 산소 소모량 비교
김권영, 최진혁
조선대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실

The purpose of this study was to investigate the changes of oxygen consumption and heart rate at forward and backward treadmill walking in healthy male college students.

Subjects were composed of twenty healthy male college students. The oxygen consumption, oxygen consumption ratio of maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max%) and heart rate, heart rate ratio of maximal heart rate (HRmax%) were measured for each subjects by administering a treadmill exercise test at 5 km/hr speed of forward and backward walking. Paired t-test was used to evaluate the difference of the forward and backward walking.

The study showed that heart rate and HRmax% were 120.9 beat/min, 61.6% in forward walking, and 166.1 beats/min, 84.3% in backward walking, respectively. The oxygen consumption and VO2max% were 15.9 ml/kg/min, 37.3% in forward walking, and 23.6 ml/kg/min, 55.8% in backward walking, respectively.

We concluded that 5 km/hr backward walking was more effective exercise program than forward walking to promote health in the college students.

Key Words: Forward walking, Backward walking, Maximal heart rate, Oxygen consumption


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