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J Sports Sci. 2015;33(2):116-24. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2014.928828. Epub 2014 Jul 24.

How much exercise are older adults living in nursing homes doing in daily life? A cross-sectional study.

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a Gérontopôle of Toulouse, Institute of Aging , Toulouse University Hospital (CHU Toulouse) , Toulouse , France.


Information on the amount of exercise practised by nursing home (NH) residents is scarce. This study aimed at describing NH residents' participation in exercise classes, as well as to examine whether the presence of a professional exercise instructor in the facilities is associated with residents' exercise habits. The cross-sectional data of 5402 residents (median age = 88 years; mostly women (75.2%)) from 163 NHs in France were analysed. Adjusted logistic and linear regressions were performed to examine whether the presence of a professional exercise instructor in the NH was associated with exercise habits: exercise participation, frequency, duration, and levels. From the 5402 participants, 1914 were participating in exercise classes provided in the NH. Most of them had an exercise frequency of 1x/week or less. Median duration of exercise sessions was 45 min. Exercise levels were rated as: highly active (n = 487), intermediately active (n = 1096), and poorly active (n = 331). The presence of a professional exercise instructor working in the facility was significantly associated with exercise participation and with higher exercise frequencies and levels, and session duration. In conclusion, the presence of professional exercise instructors is associated with better exercise habits in NH residents. Improved exercise habits may potentially be translated into better health in this population.


elderly; exercise duration; exercise frequency; long-term care; physical activity

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