Decrease in Heart Rate after Longitudinal Participation in the Groningen Active Living Model (GALM) Recreational Sports Programme

J. de Jong, K. Lemmink, E.J.A. Scherder, R. Stewart, A. King, M. Stevens

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate changes in heart rate during submaximal exercise as an index of cardiovascular function in older adults participating in the Groningen Active Living Model recreational sports programme who were sedentary or underactive at baseline. A repeated measurement design was conducted; 151 participants were included, providing 398 heart rate files over a period of 18 months. Multi-level analyses were conducted; growth and final models were developed. Significant decreases in mean heart rate over time were observed for all walking speeds. The covariates of sex and body mass index (BMI) were significantly related to mean heart rate at each walking speed, except for BMI at 7 km·h
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)975-983
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Volume27
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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