In earlier research it has been shown that nursing home residents might be seduced to move and be active on the interactive surface. However, it is still unknown how ‘intensive and fatiguing’ this activity is. The aim of this pilot study is to get an idea on effect of moving on the interactive surface on the cardiovascular system.
In 18 participants of a local nursing home (Plataan, Sevagram Zorgcentra Heerlen, the Netherlands), heart rate and Borg-score were measured during moving on the interactive surface. Both, a more static floor, 'lagoon' and a more dynamic floor 'tennis' were be used. For both of these floors, intensity was measured for a phase of free play and a phase of moving with an instruction.
On average, the heart rate of participants while interacting with the surfaces equaled 19% of the Heart Rate Reserve (HRR). However, there was lot of inter-individual variation. The HRR was slightly higher in the phase where an instruction was given to the participants. Participants also perceived this phase as more intense as the Borg-scale was higher in this phase.