Rest rust! physical active for active and healthy ageing
Dekker-van Weering, Marit
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The aim of this paper is to give an insight on how physical activity can be defined, parameterized and measured in older adults and on different options to deal with citizen physical activity promotion at European level. Three relevant aspects are highlighted: 1. When talking about physical activity, two different aspects are often unfairly mixed up: “physical activity” and “physical capacity”. • Physical activity, is referred to as the level of physical activity someone is actually performing in daily life. • Physical capacity is referred to as the maximum physical activity a person can perform. 2. Both physical activity and physical capacity can be expressed in different dimensions such as time, frequency, or type of activity with the consequence that there are many tools and techniques available. In order to support people to choose an appropriate instrument in their everyday practice a list of 9 criteria that are considered important is defined. 3. Older adults score differently across the various physical dimensions, so strategies to promote physical activity should consider individual differences, in order to adapt for these variations.