Relationship between Physical Activity, Anthropometry, and Forced Expiratory Volume in One Second with 6-Minute Walk Distance in Elderly

Irna Purnamasari Sukarya, Vitriana Vitriana, Tertianto Prabowo


Objective: To examine the correlation between physical activity using the Global Physical Activity Questionnaire (GPAQ), anthropometric measurements (body height, body weight, and body mass index/BMI), and forced expiration volume in one second (FEV1) value with 6-minute walk distance in elderly and find a predictive equation of 6-minute walk distance with those variables.

Methods: A cross-sectional design study was conducted in the period of October to November 2015. This study included sixty nine participants (30 males and 39 females) with aged ³60 years who lives at Batununggal region in Bandung, Indonesia and members of a Tai Chi community. The data were analyzed statistically by using normality, correlation, and multiple regresion tests.

Results: The results showed that there was a correlation between 6-minute walk distance and BMI in females (p=0.006), body height in males (p=0.029) and FEV1 value in males (p=0.010).

Conclusion: There was a correlation between anthropometric measurement and FEV1 value with 6-minute walk distance in elderly. The predictive equation for 6-minute walk distance found in this study is 133.583 x VEP1 + 6.593 x IMT.

Keywords: 6-minute walk distance, anthropometric measurement, FEV1, physical activity


DOI: 10.15850/ijihs.v5n1.832


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