Because physical activity is such an important component of a healthy lifestyle, we feel that a measure of physical fitness is essential to any comprehensive health evaluation. For this reason, as a part of each wellness visit we perform a submaximal (low-exertion) bike test on all participants whose current health status indicates it is safe.

These tests require only about 6 minutes of time and provide very useful information. The results allow us to assess the adequacy of the participant’s current level of physical activity, and may also serve as positive feedback as he or she works toward an improved quality of life.