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Differences in Exercise Performance and Leisure-Time Physical Activity in Older Men and Women

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Author(s): Andrew W. Gardner | Polly S. Montgomery

Journal: Clinical Medicine : Geriatrics
ISSN 1178-217X

Volume: 1;
Start page: 9;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: age | exercise | gender | physical function

ABSTRACT
Purposes: (a) To compare exercise performance and leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) between older men and women, (b) to assess the relationship between exercise performance and LTPA, and (c) to determine whether group differences in exercise performance persist after controlling for LTPA.Methods: A total of 105 women and 155 men who were 65 years of age and older participated in this study. Subjects were characterized on exercise performance by a 6-minute walk test, and by a short physical performance battery (SPPB) consisting of a repeated chair rise test, a standing balance test, and a 4-meter walk test. Additionally, LTPA was assessed using the Minnesota LTPA questionnaire.Results: Women had a 7% lower SPPB value (P
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