The self-paced walking test, known as the 400-meter walk test, is effective in measuring improved physical function in postmenopausal women who have lost weight through healthy physical activity and dietary changes, according to collaborative research conducted by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and The University of Pittsburgh.

“The 400-meter self-paced walk test is a simple, cost-efficient and effective test clinicians or researchers can use to evaluate progress in a weight loss or physical activity program,” said Kelley Pettee Gabriel, Ph.D., lead investigator and assistant professor at The University of Texas School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus, a part of UTHealth. Results from this study are published in the July issue of Menopause.

Researchers used the 400-meter self-paced walking test to examine its feasibility in evaluating physical function progress in middle-aged women. Higher body weight is related to poor physical function …

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