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Journal of Women's Health Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/JWH.0000000000000002
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The Fitness Benefits of Pushing a Baby Stroller

Greany, John F. PhD, PT1; Greany, Kristin A. PhD, RD2

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study was to quantify the cardiorespiratory response and energy expenditure of women pushing a stroller (single and double) outdoor.

Study Design: Observational.

Background: There are limited and conflicting reports on the guidelines for improving fitness while pushing a stroller.

Methods and Measures: Two cohorts of women participated; 11 women (25.5 ± 5.2 years) for a single stroller and 17 women (22.9 ± 0.9 years) for a double stroller. All subjects completed a treadmill maximal exercise capacity test and exercise trials pushing a weighted stroller outdoor at 3.0 and 4.0 mph. Oxygen consumption (

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O2), caloric expenditure (kcal), and heart rate (HR) were measured.

Results: The absolute mean intensity for single/double stroller was 4.8/5.3 metabolic equivalents (METs) at 3.0 mph and 7.0/7.0 METs at 4.0 mph. The mean relative intensity (percent HR reserve) for single/double stroller was 55.1%/63.9% at 3 mph and 67.9%/73.9% at 4 mph. Percent maximal oxygen uptake reserve (%

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O2R) for single/double stroller was 37.2%/43.7% at 3 mph and 53.9%/57.6% at 4 mph. Energy expenditure was 5.3/5.2 kcal/min at 3 mph and 7.7/6.9 kcal/min at 4 mph.

Conclusions: Pushing a weighted single or double stroller at least 3.0 mph meets the absolute intensity guidelines for improving cardiorespiratory fitness and can yield health and fitness benefits.

Copyright © 2013 by the Section on Women's Health, American Physical Therapy Association.

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