Impact of moderate intensity physical activity on the functional fitness of older women-- Restricted access to full text
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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Research completed at the Department of Public Health Sciences, College of Health Professions