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Objectively measured physical activity and sedentary behaviour before and after exercise-based rehabilitation

Project Description

Following significant health events, exercise rehabilitation is recommended to patients to reduce the risk of secondary events. These patients, by definition, meet current guidelines of exercise required for the maintenance of cardiovascular health but long-term adherence to exercise rehabilitation is poor. Sedentary behaviour is a predictor of poor health, independent of the time spent in moderate to vigorous intensity activities. Reducing sedentary behaviour may be useful as an adjunct therapy but the behaviour is underassessed in exercise rehabilitation. This project involves comprehensively determining the patterns of habitual activity levels during and after exercise rehabilitation in a sample of older adults; and the associations thereof with cardiovascular, musculoskeletal health, motivation to engage in exercise and quality of life. Before and after attending exercise rehabilitation, participants will have cardiorespiratory fitness, musculoskeletal health and habitual activity behaviours measured and complete questionnaires on self-efficacy and health related quality of life. Each participant will follow an individualized exercise program developed from the measures of cardiorespiratory fitness for a certain period. All measures will be repeated on completion of the rehabilitation program and at a follow up six months later. This study will inform future interventions on different methods to improve adherence to long-term exercise rehabilitation by targeting specific habitual free-living behaviours.

Funding Notes

The projects are intended for self-funded PhD students and students who are eligible for the general scholarships offered by the University of Auckland; see
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