Exercise Intensity Among Older Adults Participating From Home in Remotely Delivered EnhanceFitness

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Nancy M. Gell Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science, The University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA

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Yang Bai Department of Health and Kinesiology, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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Melanie Herbert Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

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Elise V. Hoffman Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

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Rebecca Reynolds Department of Rehabilitation Therapy, The University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT, USA

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Myeongjin Bae Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science, The University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA

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Kim Dittus Department of Medicine, The University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT, USA

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Elizabeth A. Phelan Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
Department of Health Systems and Population Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

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Kushang V. Patel Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

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We aimed to examine exercise intensity among older adults participating from home in remotely delivered EnhanceFitness (Tele-EF). Exercise intensity was assessed through Fitbit-measured heart rate and the Borg 10-point rating of perceived exertion over 1 week of a 16-week exercise program. Outcomes included mean minutes spent at or above the heart rate reserve calculated threshold for moderate intensity and mean rating of perceived exertion. Pearson and Spearman rank correlations were used to examine associations between baseline characteristics with exercise intensity. During the 60-min classes, the 55 participants achieved moderate intensity for a mean of 21.0 min (SD = 13.5) and had a mean rating of perceived exertion of 4.9 (SD = 1.2). There were no significant associations between baseline characteristics and exercise intensity. Older adults can achieve sustained moderate-intensity exercise during Tele-EF supervised classes. Baseline physical function, physical activity, and other health characteristics did not limit ability to exercise at a moderate intensity, though further investigation is warranted.

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