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Functional Fitness and Quality of Life among Women over 60 Years of Age Depending on their Level of Objectively Measured Physical Activity

Version 1 : Received: 22 February 2019 / Approved: 25 February 2019 / Online: 25 February 2019 (14:21:58 CET)

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Nawrocka, A.; Polechoński, J.; Garbaciak, W.; Mynarski, W. Functional Fitness and Quality of Life among Women over 60 Years of Age Depending on Their Level of Objectively Measured Physical Activity. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 972. Nawrocka, A.; Polechoński, J.; Garbaciak, W.; Mynarski, W. Functional Fitness and Quality of Life among Women over 60 Years of Age Depending on Their Level of Objectively Measured Physical Activity. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 972.

Journal reference: Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 972
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16060972

Abstract

The aim of this study was to identify the differences in functional fitness and quality of life among women over 60 years of age depending on their level of objectively measured physical activity (PA) according to Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for health. The study used cross-sectional design with 213 volunteered women over 60 years of age. Physical activity was monitored for 7 days of the week using Actigraph Gt3x monitor. The Senior Fitness Test battery and Hand-grip strength tests were performed to assess functional fitness. Quality of life was self-reported using short version of WHOQOL-brief questionnaire. Women who met the PA recommendations achieved slightly better results in most functional tests and all domain of quality of life. The significant differences were found in upper body strength, dynamic balance and social relationships domain of quality of life. Physical activity programs developed on the basis of WHO recommendations have the potential to improve functional capacity and quality of life. However, further experimental studies in this area are required.

Subject Areas

WHOQOL; Senior Fitness Test; exercises; actigraph; accelerometry; elderly; older adults; physical fitness

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