• Exercise Programs for the Elderly

  • More Exercise, Less Broken Hips
  • Age is no excuse to stop exercising, although it does become more challenging. The senior population has challenges such as joint pain, balance problems and other physical limitations. However, the National Institutes of Health reports that seniors need exercise to improve mood and ward off or help manage diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Long-term exercise can also improve joint function, strength and bone density.

  • Muscle mass can increase at any age in response to exercise. In an important study of weight lifting and older adults conducted with 100 male and female residents of a nursing home in Boston (age range: 72 to 98 years of age; average age 87), subjects lifted weights with their legs three times a week for 10 weeks. At the end of the study, there was an increase in thigh mass of 2.7%, walking speed increased 12%, and leg strength increased a whopping 113%!

    In a similar study of adults 65-79 years old, subjects who lifted weights three times a week for three months increased their walking endurance by 38% (from 25 minutes to 34 minutes) without appreciable increases in mass. Ida Weiss, a 91-year-old participant in the Boston study, had the following to say after the study, "It's very beneficial for me. Things that I couldn't do when I came here, I can do now. I didn't think that I was going to live anymore, but I feel different now."

    Source:  It's Never too Late

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