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Background

Ageing is associated with a declining physical activity level PAL and changes in the diurnal activity pattern. Changes in the activity pattern might help explaining the age-associated reduction of physical activity.

Objective

The aims were to investigate diurnal activity patterns within groups of older adults classified by PAL, to investigate diurnal activity patterns within age-groups and to investigate the association between the drop in activity and aerobic fitness.

Methods

Thirty-one healthy subjects aged between 52 and 83y were recruited for the study. Subjects were divided in sedentary PAL<1.75, moderately active 1.75
Results

Subjects had a PAL between 1.43 and 2.34 and an aerobic fitness between 18 and 49 ml-kg-min. Overall, activity patterns showed a peak in the first quarter of wake time around 10AM followed by a gradual decline of, on average, 5% per hour. Active subjects reached their peak in the first quarter and remained active until after the third quarter 11% drop each quarter on average. Moderately active and sedentary subjects reached their peak during the second quarter with a decrease during the third quarter respectively 29% and 17% drop each quarter on average. The drop in physical activity between the first and the second half of the wake time was negatively associated with aerobic fitness r = -0.39, p<0.05.

Conclusion

Active older adults maintained a larger amount of body movement for longer during their wake time. Diurnal physical activity declined more in adults ≥66 years old with lower aerobic fitness.



Autor: Giulio Valenti , Alberto G. Bonomi, Klaas R. Westerterp

Fuente: http://plos.srce.hr/



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