Lars E Sörensen

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This study evaluated changes in the physical activity, fitness and body composition of 103 police officers during a 15-year follow-up. The absolute aerobic capacity was similar in 1981 and 1996, muscular performance had declined, and body weight had increased approximately 0.5 kg/year. More than half the subjects (53%) had increased their leisure-time(More)
The Work ability of ageing work force is a matter of major concern in many countries. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between perceived work ability and health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and to investigate their associations with age, physical activity and physical fitness in middle-aged men working in blue-collar occupations.(More)
BACKGROUND Few studies exist on adherence to exercise within specific occupational groups. AIMS This study aimed at identifying factors explaining leisure-time physical activity among middle-aged Finnish police officers. METHODS Middle-aged police officers (n = 103) participated in the study in 1981 and 1996. Frequency of and adherence to leisure-time(More)
OBJECTIVES In Finland, testing cardiorespiratory fitness (VO2max) is popular in health promotion programs and work ability evaluations. The most common instruments used for this purpose are the submaximal cycle ergometer test, and the 2-km walking test. However, limited data exist on the associations between VO2max and wellbeing in working age adults. The(More)
BACKGROUND Limited data exist on the associations between muscle performance and work ability measures in working age adults. AIMS To evaluate how the results of simple muscle performance tests correlate with self-reported work ability and physical functioning in middle-aged men. METHODS Muscle performance was measured with handgrip, sit-up, arch-up,(More)
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