Ari Mänttäri

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Anthropometry, training history, cardiorespiratory and muscular performance capacity, and bone mineral density (BMD) were studied in female orienteers (n = 30), cross-country skiers (n = 28), cyclists (n = 29), weight lifters (n = 18) and in a reference group (n = 25). BMD was measured at lumbar spine, femoral neck, distal femur, patella, proximal tibia,(More)
Automatic estimation of physical activity using wearable sensors can be used for promotion of a healthier lifestyle. In this study, accelerometers and gyroscopes attached to ankle, wrist and hip were used to estimate intensity of physical activity. The estimates are compared to metabolic equivalent (MET) obtained from a portable cardiopulmonary exercise(More)
To address the hypothesis that osteogenic effect of physical loading increases with increasing strain rates and peak forces, we examined 59 competitive Finnish female athletes (representing three sports with different skeletal loading characteristics), physically active referents (they reported an average of five various types of exercise sessions per(More)
Walking with poles (Nordic walking, NW) has become popular. We compared training responses of brisk walking (W) or NW on cardiorespiratory and neuromuscular fitness. We randomized 121 non-obese sedentary women (aged 50-60) to an NW or W group (NWG, WG), to train 40 min four times weekly for 13 weeks. Intensity was based on subjective perception of exertion.(More)
PURPOSE To study the effects of regular walking during a golf game on various health and fitness indicators in middle-aged men. METHODS Study subjects were 55 healthy male golfers aged 48 to 64 years who had been sedentary during the 7 months before the study, and 55 age-matched, similarly sedentary controls. During the 20-week study, those in the(More)
This study evaluated the ability to use the relationship between heart rate (HR) and oxygen uptake (VO2 ) to estimate energy expenditure (EE) from low to high physical activity with different HR-based prediction equations. General prediction equations were established based on the individual relations between HR and EE. Possibilities to improve the EE(More)
PURPOSE Our recent study of three accelerometer brands in various ambulatory activities showed that the mean amplitude deviation (MAD) of the resultant acceleration signal performed best in separating different intensity levels and provided excellent agreement between the three devices. The objective of this study was to derive a regression model that(More)
This study evaluated the ability to use the relationship between heart rate (HR) and oxygen uptake (VO2) to estimate energy expenditure during physical activity (AEE). General prediction equations were established based on the individual relations between HR and AEE. Forty-two women, (mean age 38.1 [SD 9.8] years, BMI 23.9 [SD 4.4]), and 45 men (40.3 [SD(More)
BACKGROUND Regular physical activity (PA) promotes and excessive sedentary behavior (SB) deteriorates health. Yet the Finnish working-aged population spends most of the day sitting. A 1-year Moving To Business (MTB) -intervention supported small and medium-size workplaces to combat sedentariness. This paper reports the changes in employees' PA and SB from(More)
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