Senior Fitness News

Healthy lifestyle choices have been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Healthy lifestyle choices have been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer, even for women with a family history of contracting the disease. In a lengthy study of over 85,000 women, researchers at the University of Rochester “observed that regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and drinking less alcohol lowers breast cancer risk for women with, and without a family history of the disease.” Click below for report from the University or Rochester Medical Center.

 

 

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Fitness authority Wayne Westcott, Ph.D. supports “a public health mandate for resistance training”

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Fitness authority and syndicated columnist Wayne Westcott, Ph.D. endorses ACSM’s call for “a public health mandate for resistance training.” Dr. Westcott supports the ACSM statement; “… resistance training is as effective as aerobic training in lowering risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other diseases.” According to Dr. Westcott, “resistance exercise is essential for adults and seniors.” Please click below to see the column as it appears in the Quincy, MA. “Patriot Ledger.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A study found that Americans walk an average of 5,117 steps per day, much less than residents of countries with lower obesity rates

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Researchers at the University of Tennessee “used pedometers to gather step data from 1,136 American adults … and compared the results to similar studies in the other countries.” Americans, who report an obesity rate of 34%, averaged 5,117 steps per day. Western Australians (16% obesity rate) averaged 9,695 steps, Japanese (3% obesity rate) averaged 7,168 steps and Swiss (8% obesity rate) averaged 9,650 steps. Please click below for a report from Reuters.

 

 

 

 

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Exercise can initiate lasting improvements in balance, walking ability and fall risk in older women with osteopenia

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Exercise can initiate lasting improvements in balance, walking ability and fall risk in older women with osteopenia (mild thinning of bone mass). Researchers at Finland’s Oulu Deaconess Institute have released a followup report 5 years after their original 30 month exercise intervention study of 160 women. The results show that, compared to the non-exercising control group, those who had exercised maintained greater walking ability, had fewer damaging falls and none of their falls resulted hip fractures. Researchers noted that “Regular daily physical exercise should be recommended to elderly women with osteopenia.” Please click below for a report from Reuters Health.

 

 

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The latest issue of SFA’s twice monthly e-newsletter “Experience!” is now online

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

This issue’s topics include: Get Some Sleep (Medical research); Get Your Voice On! (A worthwhile activity resource); The Critically Ill Benefit from Mild Exercise (News from Johns Hopkins); Many Chronically Ill Elderly Live Alone (Recent analysis); Who’s Who in Senior Fitness (Featuring Jan Montague) and A-h-h-h-h (A word to the wise). Please click below to view the issue.

 

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The CDC has tips for “Making Physical Activity a Part of an Older Adult’s Life”

Monday, October 4th, 2010

The CDC’s “Physical Activity for Everyone” includes ideas for “Making Physical Activity a Part of an Older Adult’s Life.” This section of the program discusses how to include exercise in your daily life even if you have physical limitations or chronic conditions. It also includes “case studies” showing how some older adults are meeting the CDC physical activity guidelines. Click below to visit the CDC site.

 

 

 

 

 

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The CDC’s “Physical Activity for Everyone” program contains a wealth of information for older adults and for senior fitness professionals

Monday, October 4th, 2010

The older adults section of this online resource starts by answering the question “How much physical activity do older adults need?” The page includes an overview of exercise benefits, information on aerobic exercise and strength training as well as a link to a short video entitled “Physical Activity Guidelines: Introduction. Please click below to visit the site.

 

 

 

 

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EACPR statement emphasizes the importance of medical screening for older adults beginning a high intensity exercise regimen

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

EACPR, a European health organization, has released a “position stand” emphasizing the importance of medical screening for older adults prior to beginning a high intensity exercise regimen. The statement from the European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation noted that, although regular aerobic exercise is associated with a reduced risk of coronary events in middle-aged individuals, “moderate and vigorous physical exertion is associated with an increased risk for cardiac events, including sudden cardiac death, in individuals harbouring cardiovascular disease.” Click below for a brief overview from PubMed or here for a PDF copy of the EACPR document.

 

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Posit Science, a respected brain training software development company, has produced an informative 3 part series on fall prevention

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Topics covered include Fall Prevention, Outcomes Linked to Falls and Tips to Prevent Falls. The presentation also includes a brief video on the topic from their Chief Scientific Officer, Michael M. Merzenich, PhD. Please click here to view the series and below to view Dr. Merzenich’s video.

 

 

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Here’s your mission fitness leaders: encourage 95% of Americans to engage in daily “vigorous physical activity”

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The American Time Use Survey (ATUS) results show that, while eating, drinking and preparing to eat or drink remain very popular “activities,” exercise continues to be a low priority for most of us. Please click below for a brief report from Medical News Today.

 

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