This study was conducted to determine the exercise habits and fitness status of healthy older black and white adults, ages 50 to 80 years. The 384 subjects were enrolled in a health promotion project conducted by a midwestern medical school. Self-reported exercise levels were higher for men than for women and were higher for whites compared with blacks. Age had the greatest impact on treadmill performance for both sexes. Activity levels declined with age for men but not for women. Self-reported exercise levels were highly predictive of fitness status for men but not for women. The relationship in older adults between activity levels and both measured fitness and health status needs further investigation.
S.P. Singleton, Dept. of Health Education, 264 Matthaei Bldg., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202. J.T. Fitzgerald, Dept. of Postgraduate Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. A.V. Neale, Dept. of Family Medicine, Wayne State U.