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Six Minute Walk Test

This test requires you to walk up and down a long flat corridor for 6 minutes to see how far you can walk. You will be able to walk at your own pace and can stop and rest as many times as you need to.

This is not a treadmill test and you will not be expected to run or jog. If you use walking aids, for example a walking stick, you will be able to use this as normal.

You will be asked how breathless you feel at the beginning of the test and then at the end of the test.

During the walk your oxygen levels may be monitored by a small probe placed on your finger. This is not painful, but will establish if your oxygen level remains constant whilst exercising.

Please wear comfortable, loose clothing and sensible shoes for the test and do not exercise energetically for at least 2 hours before your test. Also try to avoid eating a large meal before your test.

The following video clip shows a test being performed:

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  • Association for Respiratory Technology & Physiology
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