Objective Assessment and Promotion of Physical Activity in Elderly
The purpose of the present study is to evaluate the short-term and long-term effects of a cycle ergometer program on physical activity and physical fitness in elderly (65+). Therefore, physical activity, physical fitness and functionality are measured at baseline, after 10 weeks (after the intervention period), after 6 months and after 1 year.
Different coaching techniques (to promote the use of a cycle ergometer and cycle ergometer program) will also be evaluated. What is the best (coaching) approach for long-term adherence (physical activity)?
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Participant)
- Change in objective and subjective measures of degree of physical activity [ Time Frame: baseline, 10 weeks, 6 months, 1 year ]Physical activity will be measured using a standardized questionnaire and a Sensewear. A Sensewear is an activity monitor (accelerometer) carried on the upper arm during several days and registers the amount of physical activity.
- Change in objective measures of physical fitness [ Time Frame: baseline, 10 weeks, 6 months, 1 year ]Physical fitness will be measured using a standardized Six-Minute Walk Test and a Six-Minute Cycle Test.
- Change in objective measures of functionality [ Time Frame: baseline, 10 weeks, 6 months, 1 year ]Functionality will be measured using the standardized The Physical Performance Test and 2 strength tests (hand grip and knee extension).
- Change in mental well-being [ Time Frame: baseline, 10 weeks, 6 months, 1 year ]Standardized questionnaire
- Change in motivation to be physically active [ Time Frame: baseline, 10 weeks, 6 months, 1 year ]Standardized questionnaire
- Change in self-efficacy to be physically active [ Time Frame: baseline, 10 weeks, 6 months, 1 year ]Standardized questionnaire
|Study Start Date:||May 2013|
|Study Completion Date:||April 2014|
|Primary Completion Date:||January 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Active Comparator: Structured intervention
Supervised cycle ergometer program
Behavioral: Structured intervention
3x/week - 10 weeks - Support by fitness instructor - Individualised exercise program (cycle ergometer)
Active Comparator: Coach intervention
Non-supervised cycle ergometer program
Behavioral: Coach intervention
promote autonomy - 4 visits during 10 weeks - Support by coach (encouragement) - Individualised exercise program
No Intervention: Control group
No cycle ergometer program
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01748461
|Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences|
|Leuven, Belgium, 3001|