The effects of a 12-week walking program on community-dwelling older adults

Shun Ping Cheng, Tzu I. Tsai, Yun Kung Lii, Shu Yu, Chen Liang Chou, I. Ju Chen*

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Walking is a popular and easily accessible form of physical activity. However, walking instruction for older adults is based on the evidence gathered from younger populations. This study evaluated walking conditions, strength, balance, and subjective health status after a 12-week walking-training program in community-dwelling adults > 65 years old. Participants walked 1,921 m (3,158.88 steps) in 26.69 min with a heart rate of 114 beats/min. An analysis of covariance to adjust for previous exercise habits, pretest strength, and subjective health status revealed significant differences in strength and in subjective physical and mental health status between experimental and control groups. This study identified the effects of the walking-training program on community-dwelling elderly adults without changing their previous physical activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)524-532
Number of pages9
JournalResearch Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2009


  • Exercise training
  • Health status
  • Physical activity


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