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Responses to walking-speed instructions: implications for health promotion for older adults

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 1063-8652

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Abstract

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.

Item type: Article
ID code: 38762
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
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2012 12:13
Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 15:38
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/38762

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