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Perceptions of the heart-rate guide.
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PMID:  9760664     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Preliminary assessment was made concerning perceptions of the newly developed heart-rate guide, devised as an educational tool to promote physical activity. Unlike the traditional target heart-rate chart, the heart-rate guide illustrates the value of low to moderate intensity physical activity. Following a brief lecture about the Surgeon General's report on physical activity and health and the usefulness of heart-rate charts and guides, 120 college students (M age 21.5 +/- 2.8 yr.) completed a self-report survey consisting of statements regarding their use of target heart rates during exercise and their perceptions of the new heart-rate guide as compared to the traditional heart-rate chart. 83% of the subjects reported that the new guide better illustrated the findings from the Surgeon General's report, 5% reported no difference between the guide and the chart, and 12% reported that the chart better illustrated the report's findings (p < .01). 48% never measure their heart rates when they exercise, 48% sometimes measure their heart rates and 4% always do so (p < .01). While the new guide should not replace the traditional chart, these results suggest that college students perceive the heart-rate guide as a useful tool despite the fact that only a small percentage of students regularly measure their heart rates when they exercise.
A D Faigenbaum; J Ciccolo; J R Libonati
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Perceptual and motor skills     Volume:  87     ISSN:  0031-5125     ISO Abbreviation:  Percept Mot Skills     Publication Date:  1998 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-12-09     Completed Date:  1998-12-09     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401131     Medline TA:  Percept Mot Skills     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  315-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Human Performance and Fitness, University of Massachusetts, Boston 02125-3393, USA.
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Exercise / physiology*
Heart Rate / physiology*
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