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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2020 Jul 16

DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.20.11167-8

Copyright © 2020 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Airsoft, an efficient and motivating cardiovascular training choice

Jose F. TORNERO-AGUILERA 1, 2, Joaquin SANCHEZ-MOLINA 1, Vicente L. CLEMENTE-SUAREZ 1, 2, 3

1 Faculty of Sports Sciences, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Madrid, Spain; 2 Studies Centre in Applied Combat (CESCA), Toledo, Spain; 3 Grupo de Investigación en Cultura, Educación y Sociedad, Universidad de la Costa, Barranquilla, Colombia


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BACKGROUND: Obesity and sedentarism have reached pandemic levels, postulating World Health Organization physical exercise as an important key factor for the prevention and treatment. In order to find a motivating and effective physical activity, we conducted this research intending to analyze the physiological and mechanical demands of an airsoft game.
METHODS: Cardiovascular and mechanical activity were analyzed by heart rate monitors and GPS in 32 sedentary subjects (27.3±6.2 years; 26.3±7.9 BMI).
RESULTS: Participants performed moderate to vigorous aerobic intensity for 3 hours and 20min of which 55.2% was between 60-70% of their maximal heart rate and 14.2% above 70% of it, turned into distance 9.5km of which 91.5 % was moderate and 8.5% vigorous intensity.
CONCLUSIONS: A single airsoft game performed by sedentary subject exceed the international recommendation of physical activity and weekly physical activity of US adults’ citizens. This motivating and outdoor activity is an effective alternative to increase the population's physical activity levels.


KEY WORDS: Physical activity; Obesity; Sedentarism; Heart rate variability, exercise

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