Home-based walking improves cardiopulmonary function and health-related QOL in community-dwelling Adults

Saved in:
Bibliographic Details
Title translated into German:Walking daheim verbessert die kardiopulmonale Funktion und gesundheitsbezogene Lebensqualität von selbständig lebenden Erwachsenen
Author:Okamoto, N.; Nakatani, N.; Morita, N.; Saeki, K.; Kuramatani, N.
Published in:International journal of sports medicine
Published:28 (2007), 12, S. 1040-1045, Lit.
Format: Publications (Database SPOLIT)
Publication Type: Journal article
Media type: Print resource
ISSN:0172-4622, 1439-3964
Online Access:
Identification number:PU200808002389


The objective of our study was to investigate the effects of a home-based walking program on physical fitness and QOL among community residents. Subjects (n = 200, mean age: 64.2 years, range: 42 - 75 years) who participated in the 32-week trial were randomly allocated to one of two groups: an exercise (E) group and a control (C) group. The E group was instructed to increase the number of steps a day that they walked and to perform aerobic walking at a target heart rate for 20 minutes or more daily, 2 or more days a week. The C group was told to continue their normal level of activity. Outcome measures were the 3-minute shuttle stamina walk test (SSWT), 30-second chair-stand test (CS-30), and SF-36. Increases in SSWT values were significantly greater in the E group than in the C group (men 24.1m vs. 6.3m; women 8.8m vs. 2.4m), as were increases in CS-30 values (men 5.9 vs. 2.6; women 4.5 vs. -0.1). On the SF-36, the scores in the E group for vitality and mental health increased significantly. Home-based walking is considered to be an effective and feasible method to improve physical fitness and QOL among community residents. Verf.-Referat