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Structured Fitness Exercise Intervention In Active Aeging Is A Big Success

The aim of the PAHA project was to demonstrate if a 6-week intervention of structured exercise, exercise counselling and behavioural change support, is effective in increasing physical activity levels in previously self-perceived inactive individuals (55-65 year old). Measurements were taken at the start, the number of completions of the 6-week trial recorded, and then at subsequent 3 and 6 monthly intervals.




The Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Ageing (PAHA) project is a tailored intervention for older adults with different functional capacities. Through a supervised and structured exercise programme for senior citizens (55-65 years old), PAHA intends to convert currently inactive people into regular exercisers at a level that is beneficial to their health, supporting the EU Guidelines on Physical Activity and the European Week of Sport.

In each one of the 7 project partner countries – Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Portugal and the United Kingdom – and by special arrangement in Denmark 3 fitness centres have run 3 trial sessions of supervised exercise of 6 weeks duration, with around 15 participants at each session. The personal trainers who supervised the delivery of the exercise sessions went through some additional technical training (in active ageing) and in behavioural and motivational techniques. In many of the participating clubs the Technogym Mywellness key ® was used to measure and record activity levels through the Mywellness cloud ® database.

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The participation in the trial periods was offered free and the older adults who took part, who will then be re-assessed at 3 months and 6 months intervals after their gym sessions. This will record if the intervention has made a difference to their activity levels over time.

Last but not least, proper measurement and assessment is crucial so that the outcome can be based around the evidence of an intervention that can be replicated in other grassroots and recreational sporting settings. This will include the production of the transversal standards that will be made available for education structures of sport organisations across Europe. The aim is to create a methodology that can easily be adapted and replicated tin different settings, allowing more citizens to take up regular exercise and health-enhancing physical activities.

The PAHA Project Flyers (January 2015) can be downloaded by clicking the relevant link below;

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