New Support for Combined Exercise Training for Seniors

Aerobic exercise has been recognized for years as being important for cardiovascular health and insulin action, while resistance training has been gaining in stature over the past decade. For older adults (ages 60 to 80 years), however, the exercise recommendations haven’t been clear cut until a study released in January 2009 recommended that older adults do both types of training. The researchers found that in 117 sedentary Canadian seniors, combined training works best for managing blood sugars, reducing risk of heart and other vascular problems, and maintaining an ability to live independently. On a weekly basis, optimal training should include 90 minutes of aerobic exercise (even just walking is fine), along with 60 minutes of resistance exercise of some kind. You may not be at the age yet where you think you have to worry about these things, but it is coming sooner than you think!

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