About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Simple Resistance Training can Make the Aged Independent

by Tanya Thomas on July 21, 2008 at 9:26 AM
Font : A-A+

 Simple Resistance Training can Make the Aged Independent

Simple resistance training could hold the key to an independent old age. Experts from the University of Queensland suggest that it can improve muscle strength, power and functional performance in older adults, making them less cumbersome to their caregivers.

Lead researcher Tim Henwood, a postdoctoral research fellow with UQ and Blue Care, examined how people over the age of 65 responded to resistance training.

Advertisement

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

"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," he added.
Advertisement

During the study, participants were asked to do a basic twice-weekly, machine-based resistance training program that targeted the major muscles of the upper and lower body.

All training sessions were thoroughly supervised to promote motivation and correct technique.

"We saw some very significant increases, up to a 50 percent in muscle strength and power," he said.

"However, the really important increases were those we saw in the participant's functional ability.

"For this age group these increases are what allows them to keep successfully climbing stairs and getting out of chairs, thereby allowing them to retain their independence," he added.

Source: ANI
TAN/M
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccines May Improve Mental Health
Printed Temperature Sensors help with Continuous Temperature Monitoring
Health Benefits of Giloy
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.


Recommended Reading
Ageing and Sleep
Sleep is a barometer of good health in the elderly. Sleep problems in the elderly are controlled by ...
Vertigo
Vertigo is a common symptom of any disorder of brain or inner ear. It may be accompanied by ......
Life Span (or) Death Clock
Calculate how many more seconds have you got to live. An interesting reminder for us to live these ....
Elderly Falls May Be Cut by 11 Pct Through Fall Prevention Programs
Effective implementation of fall prevention programs could cut elderly falls by 11 pct....

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use