An Application of Optimization Methods to Evaluate Conditioning Intervals

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D. W. Repperger, R. J. Luciani, J. W. Frazier

Biodynamics and Bioengineering Division, Air Force Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio 45433

J Biomech Eng 107(1), 57-61 (Feb 01, 1985) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3138521 History: Received July 08, 1983; Revised August 01, 1984; Online June 15, 2009


A decision rule is obtained to determine when exercise is beneficial. The term beneficial used in this context refers to the extension of lifetime based on studies of cardiovascular conditioning. Models are used to characterize changes in heart rate with intense exercise. In addition, it is necessary to consider a model involving a heartbeat bank to help determine the conditioning interval. Optimization procedures are used to develop the decision rule, to examine the assumptions in the problem, and to point out when a unique solution exists. This procedure is applied to empirical data for one individual (inter-subject study) and a unique conditioning interval is obtained.

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