Older adults are related to a reduction in the physical functionality, as a result of a musculoskeletal system degeneration. In that way, physical exercise has been stated as a suitable intervention to prevent such health problems. Therefore, an adequate assessment of the physical activity and functional fitness levels is needed to plan the individualized intervention. A broad test used to assess the functional fitness level is the 6-minutes walk test (6MWT). It has been previously measured using accelerometer sensors. In views of this background, the main aim of the present study is to use the Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD) method to predict the physical activity and functional fitness levels of the older adults through the acceleration signals recorded by a smartphone during the 6MWT. A total of 17 participants were recruited. Anthropometric measurements (weight, height, and BMI), physical activity, and functional fitness levels from each participant were recorded. Consecutively, the EMD method was applied to determine the prediction. According to the results, the proposed method can predict the physical activity and functional fitness levels with high accuracy, even using only one cycle. Thus, the approach described in the present work could be implemented in future m-health systems to identify the physical activity profile of the older adults.
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