Pilot study: Can older inactive adults learn how to reach the required intensity of physical activity guideline?

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Bouchard, Danielle R.
Langlois, Marie-France
Boisvert-Vigneault, Katherine
Farand, Paul
Paulin, Mathieu
Baillargeon, Jean-Patrice
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Dove Press
Most individuals do not reach the recommended physical activity level of at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise (AE) at moderate-to-vigorous intensity per week. For example, only 13% of older Canadian adults reach World Health Organization physical activity guideline (PAG). One of the reasons might be a difficulty identifying the required intensity. Twenty-five inactive older adults received one session about the AE-PAG and how to use a tool or strategy to help them identify AE intensity: heart-rate (HR) monitor (% of maximal HR; N = 9); manual pulse (% of maximal HR; N = 8); or pedometer (walking cadence; N = 8). Participants had 8 weeks to implement their specific tool with the aim of reaching the PAG by walking at home. At pre- and post-intervention, the capacity to identify AE intensity and AE time spent at moderate-to-vigorous intensity were evaluated. Only the two groups using a tool increased total AE time (both P < 0.01), but no group improved the time spent at moderate-to-vigorous intensity. No significant improvement was observed in the ability to correctly identify AE intensity in any of the groups, but a tendency was observed in the pedometer group (P = 0.07). Using walking cadence with a pedometer should be explored as a tool to reach the PAG as it is inexpensive, easy to use, and seemed the best tool to improve both AE time and perception of intensity.
Aging, Pacing, Aerobic exercise
Bouchard, D.R., Langlois, M.F., Boisvert-Vigneault, K., Farand, P., Paulin, M., Baillargeon, J.P. (2013) Pilot study: can older inactive adults learn how to reach the required intensity of physical activity guideline? Clin Interv Aging. 8, 501-508.