Once a week is not enough: effects of a widely implemented group based exercise programme for older adults; a randomised controlled trial

Stiggelbout, M., Popkem, D. Y., Hopman-Rock, M., de Greef, M. and van Mechelen, W. (2004) Once a week is not enough: effects of a widely implemented group based exercise programme for older adults; a randomised controlled trial. Journal of epidemiology and community health, 58 2: 83-88. doi:10.1136/jech.58.2.83


Author Stiggelbout, M.
Popkem, D. Y.
Hopman-Rock, M.
de Greef, M.
van Mechelen, W.
Title Once a week is not enough: effects of a widely implemented group based exercise programme for older adults; a randomised controlled trial
Journal name Journal of epidemiology and community health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0143-005X
Publication date 2004-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1136/jech.58.2.83
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 58
Issue 2
Start page 83
End page 88
Total pages 6
Place of publication London
Publisher BMJ
Language eng
Subject 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract Objectives: To determine the effects of gymnastics on the health related quality of life (HRQoL) and functional status of independently living people, aged 65 to 80 years. Gymnastics formed part of the More Exercise for Seniors (MBvO in Dutch) programme, a group based exercise programme for older adults in the Netherlands. It has been widely implemented since 1980. Design: Randomised controlled trial with pretest and post-test measurements. Intervention: The exercise programme given by experienced instructors lasted 10 weeks and was given weekly (MBvO1; n = 125, six groups) or twice weekly (MBvO2; n = 68, six groups). The control group (n = 193) was offered a health education programme. Setting: Community dwelling of older people, with a comparatively low level of fitness as assessed with the Groningen Fitness test for the Elderly. Results: No significant effects were found on the HRQoL (Vitality Plus Scale, TAAQoL, and RAND-36) and the functional status (Physical Performance Test and the Groningen Activity Restriction Scale). The MBvO2 group, with a low level of physical activity at baseline, showed the only improvement found on the Vitality Plus Scale (F = 4.53; p = 0.01). Conclusions: MBvO gymnastics once a week did not provide benefits in HRQoL and functional status after 10 weeks. However, participants with a low level of physical activity may benefit from MBvO gymnastics if they participate twice a week. To improve the health of the general public, sedentary older adults should be recruited and encouraged to combine MBvO with the health enhancing physical activity guidelines.
Keyword MBvO
More Exercise for Seniors
HRQoL
health related quality of life
PPT
Physical Performance Test
GARS
Groningen Activity Restriction Scale
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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