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ASSOCIATION OF SIX MINUTE WALK DISTANCE WITH DIFFERENT BODY MASS INDEX IN HEALTHY YOUNG ADULTS

Rutvee P. Vinchhi*, Dr. Sweety Shah and Dr. Neeta Vyas

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Introduction: Normal health is state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Assessment of functional exercise capacity has gained importance in evaluation. Timed walking tests are widely used to evaluate functional exercise performance. The ability to walk for a distance is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to assess the physical function and also an important component of quality of life as it reflects the ability to undertake day-to-day activities. According to the American Thoracic Society Guidelines for Six Minute walk test age, gender, height, and weight can affect 6-minute walk distance independently. So while measuring the distance these things should be considered and taken into account. This study was attempted to find association between six minute walk distance with different body mass index in healthy young adults. Objective: To find the association of different body mass index (Normal – group A, Underweight – group B and Overweight – group C) with six minute walk distance in healthy young individuals. Method: Ethic’s approval and written informed consent of the subjects was taken prior to study. Procedure and purpose of the study was explained to the participants. In this study male & female between age group of 18 to 24 years who were willing to provide informed consent and medically fit for testing procedure were included. Any presence of musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and cardiovascular problems, and doing significant physical daily acidities (i.e. yoga, aerobics, pranayama, gym activity, etc.) were excluded. Outcome measure was Six minute walk Distance. (Distance covered during six minute walk test) Result: When the whole data was analyzed it was found that BMI is weak negatively correlated with 6MWD. And statistically the result was not significant for any of the Body Mass Index. Conclusion: This study found that there is positive and non - statistical significant correlation of Six minute walk distance (6MWD) with BMI in Group A and Group C. There is negative and statistically non - significant correlation was found between 6MWD and Group B.

Keywords: Six minute walk test distance, Body mass index, Rate of perceived exertion.


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