Revista Ciencias de la Salud
Print version ISSN 1692-7273
SANDOVAL CUELLAR, Carolina; CAMARGO, Magda Liliana; GONZALEZ OCHOA, Diana Marcela and VELEZ RUIZ, Yenny Patricia. Physical Exercise Program for Elderly Subjects in the Club Nueva Vida, in Tunja City. Rev. Cienc. Salud [online]. 2007, vol.5, n.2, pp. 60-71. ISSN 1692-7273.
A descriptive, case series intervention study was performed to identify changes in physical qualities, aerobic power, flexibility, strength and body composition amongst 20 elderly subjects belonging to the Club Nueva Vida in Tunja City, during the second period of 2005. A PRE and POST assessment of their physical qualities was applied after a 16 week physical exercise program. Results showed an increase in the average of the static muscle streneth from 0.27 to 0.30 Newtons . Standard deviation diminished in 0.1. The dynamic strength measure by the push up test improved in 10% a 35% improved in 10% a 35% improved their. Cardiovascular capability until to high levels of 80% there were not significant changes in the body weight between measures taken before and after the program application. The results obtained with the sit and reach test did not show statistically significant differences. Hower in other flexibility tests the results changed from bad ranges to middle and good ones. The enrolled population was stable during the development of the exercise program. This study concludes that elderly adults acquire changes in their physical quality features after exercise intervention. Physical exercise programs in elderly adults must involve strength activities for upper limbs, trunk and aerobic power activities. The Beliefs Health Model is a adherence to reach compliance and maintenance in physical exercise.
Keywords : Physical exercise; Elderly; Physical feature qualities.