Gait speed as a measure of fitness and risk

Posted on August 1, 2016 by Dr Wes Jame
In Medical

Gait  speed- walking

Did  you know   individuals with  reduced  gait  speeds are at higher  risk of disability , cognitive impairment, falls and increased  mortality.

Preferred    habitual gait speed (with walking aid  if  usually used 0 is  best measured 3 times  within a  few  minutes  over a distance of  2.5 – 8 metres


Speeds             above  1 .0 m/sec are satisfactory


between 0.8 and  1.0 m/sec   -would  benefit  from increased weekly physical activity

between 0.5 – 0.8 m/sec would benefit from resistance and balance training.