EVALUATION OF A PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROMOTION PROGRAM FOR SENIORS

Aivars Kaupuzs

Abstract


The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of the developed programme of physical activities for 60-75 years old seniors. The study sample includes 24 seniors in experimental and 25 persons in control group. The examinations of health related variables, questionnaire about physical activity and factors influencing it, and testing of physical fitness were done. After a one-year period the results of International Physical Activity Questionnaire of the experimental group remained significantly higher than results of the control group (5103.4±1447.05 vs 3796.6±1052.12 MET-min/week; p<0.05). The results of the Exercise Stages of Change and outcome expectations questionnaires let conclude that during classes the participants’ confidence about possible benefits increased and only 15.9% of participants remain in contemplation stage and 13.8% stay in preparation stage. In comparison with the control group the results of lower and upper body strength test significantly improved (p<0.05) as well as the participants of the programme could cover a longer distance in the 6 minute walking test. The changes of the results of health related variables were not statistically significiant (p>0.05).

Keywords


fitness; older adults; outcome expectations; physical activity program; stages of changes

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17770/sie2012vol2.143

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