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Impact of Activity Tracker Usage in Combination with a Physical Activity Intervention on Physical and Cognitive Parameters in Healthy Adults Aged 60+: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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Institute of Human Movement Science and Health, Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Chemnitz University of Technology, 09126 Chemnitz, Germany
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Department of Neuromotor Behavior and Exercise, Institute of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Muenster, 48149 Muenster, Germany
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Department of Psychology & Methods, Jacobs University Bremen GmbH, 28759 Bremen, Germany
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Institute of Medical Sociology, Centre for Health and Society, Medical Faculty, Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf, 40225 Duesseldorf, Germany
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Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology–BIPS, 28359 Bremen, Germany
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OFFIS–Institute for Information Technology, 26121 Oldenburg, Germany
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Academic Editors: Giorgio Liguori and Francesca Gallè
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(7), 3785; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19073785
Received: 28 January 2022 / Revised: 4 March 2022 / Accepted: 7 March 2022 / Published: 22 March 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The 2nd Edition of Physical Activity and Elder Health)
Regular physical activity (PA) is of central importance for healthy aging and has a well-known impact on helping older adults maintain their cognitive and physical health. Thus, we aimed to compare the effectiveness of two physical activity interventions primarily conducted at home (print-based or web-based vs. web-based plus the use of an activity tracker) on cognitive and physical health parameters in older adults. Data of participants (n = 551, 60–80 years) were analyzed after being randomly allocated to a waitlist control group (CG), a web-based or print-based intervention group (IG) or a web-based intervention group that also included the use of an activity tracker (AG). Measured parameters were grip strength, endurance (two-minute step test), gait speed (four-meter walk test), cognition (Simon task; balanced integration score (BIS), reaction time and accuracy) and physical self-concept (Physical Self-Description Questionnaire (PSDQ)). We found the highest effect sizes in all measured dimensions for AG (grip strength, endurance, gait speed, reaction time, physical self-concept), followed by IG (endurance, gait speed, reaction time, physical self-concept) and CG (endurance, gait speed, BIS). Findings suggest that a combined web-based and activity tracker intervention may improve physical functions, physical self-concept, and cognition in community-dwelling older adults. View Full-Text
Keywords: older adults; activity tracker; steps; exercise; cognition; home-based interventions; Simon task older adults; activity tracker; steps; exercise; cognition; home-based interventions; Simon task
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Auerswald, T.; Hendker, A.; Ratz, T.; Lippke, S.; Pischke, C.R.; Peters, M.; Meyer, J.; Holdt, K.v.; Voelcker-Rehage, C. Impact of Activity Tracker Usage in Combination with a Physical Activity Intervention on Physical and Cognitive Parameters in Healthy Adults Aged 60+: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 3785. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19073785

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Auerswald T, Hendker A, Ratz T, Lippke S, Pischke CR, Peters M, Meyer J, Holdt Kv, Voelcker-Rehage C. Impact of Activity Tracker Usage in Combination with a Physical Activity Intervention on Physical and Cognitive Parameters in Healthy Adults Aged 60+: A Randomized Controlled Trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(7):3785. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19073785

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Auerswald, Tina, Anna Hendker, Tiara Ratz, Sonia Lippke, Claudia R. Pischke, Manuela Peters, Jochen Meyer, Kai v. Holdt, and Claudia Voelcker-Rehage. 2022. "Impact of Activity Tracker Usage in Combination with a Physical Activity Intervention on Physical and Cognitive Parameters in Healthy Adults Aged 60+: A Randomized Controlled Trial" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 7: 3785. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19073785

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