Responses to walking-speed instructions: implications for health promotion for older adults.

@article{Fitzsimons2005ResponsesTW,
  title={Responses to walking-speed instructions: implications for health promotion for older adults.},
  author={Claire F Fitzsimons and C. Greig and D. Saunders and S. Lewis and S. Shenkin and Cynthia Lavery and A. Young},
  journal={Journal of aging and physical activity},
  year={2005},
  volume={13 2},
  pages={
          172-83
        }
}
This study examined the effect of age on descriptive walking-speed instructions commonly used in health promotion. Participants were 9 young (20-23 years) and 9 older (75-83 years) women. Oxygen uptake and walking speed were measured in response to descriptive walking instructions ("slow," "comfortable," "brisk," and "fast"). Although the older women walked approximately 20% slower in response to all walking instructions and with significantly lower oxygen costs for brisk and fast, the… Expand
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