Online group-exercises for older adults of different physical abilities

Marcos Báez, Francisco Ibarra, Iman Khaghani Far, Michela Ferron, Fabio Casati

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Abstract

In this paper we describe the design and validation of a virtual fitness environment aiming at keeping older adults physically and socially active. We target particularly older adults who are socially more isolated, physically less active, and with less chances of training in a gym. The virtual fitness environment, namely Gymcentral, was designed to enable and motivate older adults to follow personalised exercises from home, with a (heterogeneous) group of remote friends and under the remote supervision of a Coach. We take the training activity as an opportunity to create social interactions, by complementing training features with social instruments. Finally, we report on the feasibility and effectiveness of the virtual environment, as well as its effects on the usage and social interactions, from an intervention study in Trento, Italy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2016 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems, CTS 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages524-533
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781509022991
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event2016 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems, CTS 2016 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 31 Oct 20164 Nov 2016

Conference

Conference2016 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems, CTS 2016
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period31.10.164.11.16

Keywords

  • Home-training
  • Intervention study
  • Older adults
  • Social interactions
  • Virtual gym

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Báez, M., Ibarra, F., Far, I. K., Ferron, M., & Casati, F. (2016). Online group-exercises for older adults of different physical abilities. In Proceedings - 2016 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems, CTS 2016 (pp. 524-533). [7871036] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/CTS.2016.96