Home physical exercise improves functional mobility and quality of life
in elderly. A CONSORT-prospective, randomized controlled clinical trial.
Aims: to test the hypothesis that a semi-supervised home physical
exercise program improves the functional mobility and quality of life
(QOL) of elderly in the community. Methods: This trial was conducted
with elderly people (88% female), aged 60 years or older, sedentary and
without cognitive decline. Elderly were randomly assigned to an
intervention group - IG (home physical exercise and sleep hygiene) and a
control group - CG (sleep hygiene). Were applied the International
Questionnaire on Physical Activity; mental state mini-exam and the Timed
Up and Go test (TUG) before and after the 12-week intervention period.
Results: The IG showed an improvement in functional mobility, with a
mean reduction in TUG execution time (p <0.01) and improvement
in the QOL, (p <0.01) in WHOQOL-OLD. Conclusion:
Semi-supervised physical home exercise is effective in improving the
functional mobility and the QOL of sedentary elderly in the community.
Trial Registration: Registro Brasileiro de Ensaios Clínicos (REBEC)
Identifier: RBR-3cqzfy Keywords: Elderly; exercise; functional mobility;
quality of life; community; physical activity; home exercise.