Fitness for the older adult sample exam questions

These questions will help you to learn what to expect and prepare for your certification exam. 

Sample questions

I. What should a leader consider when designing exercise programs for older adults?

  1. Joint stress
  2. Proper alignment
  3. Disc compression and loss of balance
  4. All of the above

II. What is the accurate order of Transtheoretical Model Stages of Readiness?

  1. Pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance
  2. Pre-contemplation, contemplation, action, preparation and maintenance
  3. Pre-contemplation, contemplation , preparation, maintenance and action
  4. Contemplation, pre-contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance

III. Regular physical activity in older adults can improve flexibility by:

  1. Shortening skeletal muscle fibres
  2. Increasing collagen turnover in ligaments
  3. Increasing collagen solubility
  4. Lowering viscosity of synovial fluid

IV. Perception of aging is a result of:

  1. Self-efficacy
  2. Lifestyle choices
  3. Self-perceived health status
  4. All of the above

V. Why is a lengthened warm-up necessary in an older adult exercise class?

  1. To maintain absorption and distribution of oxygen
  2. To increase metabolic rate and speed of muscle contraction
  3. To increase heart rate and prevent the secretion of synovial fluid
  4. To prepare the body for the upcoming movements

VI. What type of aerobic training is most likely to be be discouraged in an older adult class?

  1. Circuit training
  2. Interval training
  3. High impact training
  4. Steady state

VII. What is NOT a benefit of exercise in older adults?

  1. Alters underlying disease processes
  2. Improves peripheral circulation
  3. Enhances stature and promotes good posture
  4. Decreases submaximal heart rate

VIII. For participants with osteoporosis in an older adult class, what should be included?

  1. Weight bearing exercises
  2. Spinal rotation
  3. Plyometric training
  4. Ballistic movements

IX. What does age-related atrophy coincide with?

  1. Decreased adipose tissue
  2. Decreased inflammation
  3. Arterial stiffness
  4. Glucose stability

X. When designing an activity class for older adults, why should the cool down be lengthened?

  1. To gradually decrease blood pressure
  2. To assist in thermal regulation and prevent blood pooling
  3. To improve lung capacity
  4. None of the above


Answers: 1 (4), 2 (1), 3 (2), 4 (4), 5 (4), 6 (3), 7 (4), 8 (1), 9 (3), 10 (2)

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