Functional Software Prototypes for Defining and Monitoring Individual Exercise Program

Functional Software Prototypes for Defining and Monitoring Individual Exercise Program

Elthon Allex da Silva Oliveira (Federal University of Alagoas, Brazil), Marcos J. Ferreira Neto (Federal University of Alagoas, Brazil), Leandro Dias da Silva (Federal University of Alagoas, Brazil), Hyggo Oliveira de Almeida (Federal University of Campina Grande, Brazil) and Angelo Perkusich (Federal University of Campina Grande, Brazil)
Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9978-6.ch016
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According to a report issued by the World Health Organization (2011), about 63% of the estimated worldwide deaths in 2008 were due to chronic diseases. In Brazil, the percentage of deaths is even higher, reaching 72% according to the Ministério da Saúde (2011) (Brazillian Ministry of Health). Such diseases are characterized by a long continuous treatment along with, in general, a slow progression as shown by the World Health Organization (2011). Among the chronic diseases are: heart disease, kidney disease, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, chronic respiratory diseases and obesity.

The prevalence of obesity is considered a major public health problem in both developed and developing countries, according to the Agência Nacional de Saúde Suplementar (2007) (Brazilian National Health Agency). As shown by Gomes & Lerario (2009), Brandão et al. (2009), obesity is also directly related to the development of other chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. In developed countries as well as in some emerging countries, including Brazil, the costs of treatment of these diseases that are a result of obesity are significant. In Brazil, approximately 10% of the money invested in the National Health System is a result of the overweight or obese, as shown by Bahia et al. (2012). The gravity of the situation is such that in the United States, the costs of obese patients exceeded the costs of smokers (Cawley & Meyerhoefer, 2012) (Moriarty et al., 2012).

Some risk factors are associated with chronic diseases. The main risk factors are smoking, physical inactivity, unhealthy food consumption and abuse in alcohol consumption. Among these, there is physical inactivity. Daily physical activity enables numerous health benefits to the individual. Some of these benefits are weight control and reduction of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and the risk of cancer (Bianchini, Kaaks, & Vainio, 2002). Thus, it can be stated that daily physical activity helps reduce the risk of death from chronic noncommunicable diseases. Even the World Health Organization (2013) itself, in its Global Action Plan, promotes physical activities and exercises for this purpose.

However, people seek physical activity not only when they are sick or obese. The quest for physical exercise occurs for various reasons, such as: aesthetic reasons, for a better physical condition, for leisure and health issues, which can have a preventive or treatment character. So many different reasons make it not possible to elect a default environment, or establish similar environments, where the practice of exercise should be done exactly the same way. A person can work in different ways, a bodybuilding gym in your own home or even in public parks.

According to Melzer et al. (2004), despite the benefits, some care must be taken during regular physical exercise, seeking to avoid problems such as musculoskeletal disorders, dehydration, heat stroke, sudden cardiac death, and oxidative stress. Such problems often occur due to unsupervised practice and / or irresponsible exercise. Furthermore, Melzer et al. (2004) states that these types of practices can be extremely detrimental and even lethal to both healthy and unhealthy people due to the possibility of physiological disorders.

In order to prevent such disturbances, it is expected that the individual performs the physical exercises according to recommendations set by health professionals (doctors, physiotherapists, fitness trainers, etc). One problem is that, from a physiological point of view, each individual is unique. Obviously, for certain purposes, two individuals may belong to the same equivalence class and thus can be treated similarly. However, any two individuals can not generally follow the same recommendations for the practice of their exercise. This is due to their specificities. Fletcher and Trejo (2005) state that recommendations are customized according to age, weight, history, and predisposition to certain diseases, fitness, health, etc.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Bluetooth: A wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances.

Chronic Disease: Disease persisting for a long time, generally for the rest of one's life, or constantly recurring.

Model Checking: A technique used to verify if a given system formal model satisfies some desired properties, also described in a formal way. For this, all possible executions of the model are verified.

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Also known as adult-onset diabetes. It can be caused by a combination of lifestyle and genetic factors.

Reference Model: A formal model in the form of an extended automaton used as a customized recommendation repository for an specific individual physical exercise.

Unit Test: A kind of test used on software development to validate valid and invalid data via input/output being applied by developers and test analysts.

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