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Revista do Departamento de Psicologia. UFF

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CAROMANO, Fátima A.; IDE, Maiza Ritomy  and  KERBAUY, Rachel Rodrigues. Exercise maintenance among older adults. Rev. Dep. Psicol.,UFF [online]. 2006, vol.18, n.2, pp.177-192. ISSN 0104-8023.

This study aims to investigate the effects of 2 physical training programs in the physical exercises practice maintenance in elderly persons. Twenty elderly persons had their physical performance assessed (T1). Later, subjects were randomized in two groups, with ten each. Group A performed general exercises and group B performed a program with walking exercises. After 16 weeks of intervention, subjects were assessed once again (T2). One year after T2, subjects were assessed one more time (T3). In T3, subjects also answered an interview about physical activity practical maintenance. Both training interventions improved physical performance, in agree with the answers of the interview. In T3, seven of nine subjects from group A kept their exercises routines. In group B, eight of ten subjects kept the routines. Maintenance increased or preserved the physical performance, while the abandonment got it worse. Training seems to modify the population studied behavior to the exercise practice.

Keywords : Exercise; Physical activity; Walking; Aged Persons; Maintenance; Elderly.

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