Lack of Correlation between Accelerometers and Heart-Rate Monitorization during Exercise Session in Older Adults

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Jul 30;17(15):5518. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17155518.


Aging is increasing worldwide; hence, aging-related health is also more relevant. Well-programmed physical exercise is now an indispensable tool to achieve active aging and preserve older people's health. Such "well-programmed" exercise requires efficient and useful tools to measure the activity. The objective of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of accelerometers to estimate two different intensities of physical exercise in older people. Thirty-eight subjects (64.5 ± 5.3 years) were measured during two different sessions of physical exercise: one moderate in intensity, the other of low intensity. Heart rate and accelerometry were recorded and analyzed. The results showed that the two variables in the physical exercise sessions were not highly correlated, and that accelerometry did not seem useful to assess low-intensity sessions not based on walking.

Keywords: accelerometry; exercise session; heart rate; intensity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accelerometry*
  • Aged
  • Exercise*
  • Heart Rate*
  • Humans
  • Walking