Fitzsimons, Claire and Greig, Carolyn A and Saunders, David H and Lewis, Susan J and Shenkin, Susan D and Lavery, Cynthia and Young, Archie (2005) Responses to walking-speed instructions: implications for health promotion for older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 13 (2). pp. 172-183. ISSN 1063-8652Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
This study examined the effect of age on descriptive walking-speed instructions commonly used in health promotion. Participants were 9 young (20–23 years) and 9 older (75–83 years) women. Oxygen uptake and walking speed were measured in response to descriptive walking instructions ("slow," "comfortable," "brisk," and "fast"). Although the older women walked »20% slower in response to all walking instructions and with significantly lower oxygen costs for brisk and fast, the intensity of the exercise represented a much greater percentage of VO2max and showed greater interindividual variation. When asked to walk at a brisk pace, the older women averaged 67% VO2max (SD 20.6), whereas the young women averaged only 45% VO2max (SD 4.5). With older people, brisk might elicit an exercise intensity unnecessarily high for physiological benefit and that might compromise safety and adherence, which emphasizes the need for validation of carefully worded exercise and training guidance for older adults.
|Keywords:||oxygen consumption, self-paced walking, exercise intensity, walking-speed instructions, Personal health and hygiene, including exercise, nutrition , Gerontology, Rehabilitation, Geriatrics and Gerontology, Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation|
|Subjects:||Medicine > Public aspects of medicine > Personal health and hygiene, including exercise, nutrition|
|Department:||Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Physical Activity for Health|
|Depositing user:||Pure Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||28 Mar 2012 11:13|
|Last modified:||27 Apr 2016 18:24|