Activity-related energy expenditure in older adults: a call for more research

Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014 Dec;46(12):2335-40. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000356.


The purposes of this article were to 1) provide an overview of the science of physical activity-related energy expenditure in older adults (≥65 yr), 2) offer suggestions for future research and guidelines for how scientists should be reporting their results in this area, and 3) present strategies for making these data more accessible to the layperson. This article was meant to serve as a preliminary blueprint for future empirical work in the area of energy expenditure in older adults and translational efforts to make these data useful and accurate for older adults. This document was based upon deliberations of experts involved in the Strategic Health Initiative on Aging Committee of the American College of Sports Medicine. The article was designed to reach a broad audience who might not be familiar with the complexities of assessing energy expenditure, especially in older adults.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged / physiology*
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aging
  • Energy Metabolism*
  • Exercise / physiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Activity / physiology*
  • Research*
  • Translational Research, Biomedical