Assessments of physical activity and health

It is well documented that regular physical activity can promote good health and contribute to the prevention and treatment of a number of non-communicable diseases. By contrast, only about half of 15-year-olds and one-third of adults meet the minimum recommended level of physical activity.

Quantitative measurement of physical activity and health, which includes both questionnaire and "objective" measuring instruments, are key methods for

  1. assessing the health status of the population and different groups
  2. study possible relationships between different risk factors and health phenomena and
  3. evaluate the effectiveness of various interventions that aim to promote good health in individuals as well as in the population

Central to the work of the research group is the Exercise-Physiology lab at Terningen Arena, a state of the art lab for measuring physical activity and health indicators. With its thermostat, ventilation system, independent lighting and soundproof walls, the lab is designed to perform measurements under strictly controlled environmental conditions. The lab is equipped with devices for the assessment of people’s cardiopulmonary fitness, strength, balance, lipid concentration, body composition, blood glucose, blood pressure, daily physical activity levels, and sleep-wake patterns. The lab also dispose of an advanced VR system.

Ongoing research projects


  • Knut Ragnvald Skulberg
  • Hanne Søberg Finbråten
  • Fred Frölich
  • University of Milan, Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health
  • International consortium and research group “GO GREEN EX Cubed”
  • Department of Computer Science, University of Pisa (Italy)
  • Korus-Øst
  • Western Norway University of Applied Sciences