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Older adults benefit from basic resistance training

10 years, 5 months ago

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Posted on Jul 20, 2008, 8 p.m. By Jeanelle Topping

Resistance training has been found to offer older adults a host of anti-aging health benefits, according to a new study.

Resistance training has been found to offer older adults a host of anti-aging health benefits, according to a new study.

Research conducted at the University of Queensland shows that people over the age of 65 respond well to the benefits of resistance training that targets the major muscles of the upper and lower body.

Lead investigator Dr Tim Henwood said: "What we were looking at was how simple resistance training can improve muscle strength, power and functional performance.

"By building strength we are aiming to improve the quality of life of older people and allow them to maintain independence into later life. This type of training not only has significant physical benefits but has also been associated with a decreased risk of later life disease."

While anti-aging physicians recommend basic aerobic exercise such as walking to maintain optimum health, the study indicates that increasing muscle strength and power is just as important in preventing functional decline.

The researchers were able to record up to 50 per cent improvement in muscle strength in participants who followed a basic twice-weekly, machine-based resistance training program.ADNFCR-1506-ID-18694440-ADNFCR

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