Digital Wells

Best activity programs with right intensity for young elderly

Digital Wells logo | IAMSRDigital Wells research project (2019) aims to detect the best activity programs for young elderly, i.e. for citizens within the age groups of 60 to 75+. Furthermore, with the help of statistical models one of the objectives is to detect whether there are differences between genders, age groups, in physical activity history as well as in work history.

Activities are measured with metabolic equivalent of task (MET) instead of kilocalories, and this enables more precise individual results.

Each participant builds an individual activity program: 6 weeks of planning + 4 months of active use + 6 weeks of evaluation.

Activity modules MET
Walking (individual | group), 5 km/h, 10 000 steps 3.5
Nordic walking (individual | group), 6 km/h, 10 000 steps 4.8
Jogging (individual | group), 7 km/h 7.0
Running (individual | group), 10 km/h 10.1
Treadmill running (1% angle), 10 km/h 10.1
XC skiing (individual: classic, free style), 7 km/h, 10 km 7.0
Aerobic (individual | group), 60 min 7.3
Indoor ball sports (floor-, basket-, hand- and volleyball), 60 min 6.5
Outdoor ball sports (football, Finnish baseball), 60 min 7.0
Bicycle, 15 km/h 7.5
Stationary bicycle, 15 km/h 7.0
Orienteering 9.0
Senior dancing, 60 min 5.0
Gymnastics (individual | group), 60 min 3.8
Swimming (pool, open water: individual | group), 60 min 6.0
Water running/walking, medium program 4.5
Water gymnastics, medium program 5.5
Rowing, normal stroke frequency 3.5
Rowing machine, normal stroke frequency, medium load 4.8
Strength training (gym program 1), 60 min 3.5
Strength training (gym program 2), 60 min 5.0
Strength training (gym program 3), 60 min 6.0
Group exercise, 60 min 4.3
Stretching, light 2.3
Yoga Hatha, light 2.5
Functional training, 60 min 4.5
Yard and forest work, 60 min 3.8
Golf, 1 round, walking 4.8
Total activity per day = (minutes per activity * light MET) + (minutes per activity * moderate MET) + (minutes per activity * vigorous MET)
Recommendation = 3 or more days of total 2.5 hours of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous MET every week

All participants will be anonymous but labelled with a code on the Kanta PHR -platform.