Impact of moderate intensity physical activity on the functional fitness of older women-- Restricted access to full text

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Ofei-Dodoo, Samuel
Morgan, Amy L.
Takeshima, Nobuo
Rogers, Nicole L.

Samuel Ofei-Dodoo, Amy L. Morgan, and Nobuo Takeshima. (2012). Impact of Moderate Intensity Physical Activity on the Functional Fitness of Older Women. -- In Proceedings: 8th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.110-111


As adults reach advanced ages, the purpose of physical activity (PA) may shift from disease prevention to functional fitness (FF) and mobility. PURPOSE: To determine the amount of activity necessary to positively impact FF, by determining cutoff points in which additional minutes in moderate/vigorous physical activity (MVPA) do not further improve FF. METHODS: FF was assessed by the Senior Fitness Test in 125 women (73.42 ± 8.84 yrs) from 2 Midwestern communities. Participants wore an accelerometer for 7 days without altering their normal activity. Accelerometer data were downloaded, MVPA determined via proprietary filtering, and time spent in each intensity was calculated. A 5 day average of time spent in MVPA was organized into 4 groups. RESULTS: ANOVAs revealed significant differences between groups on all measures except sit and reach. CONCLUSIONS: A threshold of 20 min of MVPA 5 days per week is recommended to assist in the maintenance of lower body function in older women.

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Paper presented to the 8th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, April 18, 2012.
Research completed at the Department of Public Health Sciences, College of Health Professions