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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

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Department of Physical Activity and Health Prevention, The Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, 43-512 Katowice, Poland
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Department of Theory and Methodology of Physical Education, The Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, 43-512 Katowice, Poland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(6), 972; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16060972
Received: 22 February 2019 / Revised: 16 March 2019 / Accepted: 17 March 2019 / Published: 18 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion)
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 a cross-sectional design with 213 female volunteers over 60 years of age. Physical activity was monitored for 7 days of the week using an 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 a short version of the World Health Organization Quality of Life questionnaire WHOQOL-bref. Women who met the PA recommendations achieved slightly better results in most functional tests and in all domains of quality of life. Significant differences were found in the upper body strength, dynamic balance, and social relationships domains of quality of life. Physical activity programs developed on the basis of World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations have the potential to improve functional fitness and quality of life. However, further experimental studies in this area are required. View Full-Text
Keywords: WHOQOL; senior fitness test; exercises; Actigraph; accelerometry; elderly; older adults; physical fitness WHOQOL; senior fitness test; exercises; Actigraph; accelerometry; elderly; older adults; physical fitness
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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. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16060972

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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. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(6):972. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16060972

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Nawrocka, Agnieszka, Jacek Polechoński, Wiesław Garbaciak, and Władysław Mynarski. 2019. "Functional Fitness and Quality of Life among Women over 60 Years of Age Depending on Their Level of Objectively Measured Physical Activity" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 6: 972. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16060972

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