Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Trained exercise helps older adults

Trained exercise helps older adults
Source: UPI

SEATTLE (UPI) -- A new study shows better exercise training can offset the effects of aging on older people trying to stay in shape.

Researchers with the University of Washington and the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle compared the pre and post-training exercise capacity in 20- and 30-year-olds and 60- and 70-year-olds.

Initially younger participants had an average 42-percent higher capacity to consume oxygen and could exercise with less effort.

But after six months of 90-minute trained exercising, three times a week, the older participants boosted their workout output 29 percent and their efficiency 30 percent. The younger participants barely improved efficiency but did expand their oxygen consumption.

Dr. Wayne C. Levy said the study shows aging may not have as much of an affect on people if they continue to exercise.

The study is published in the March 7 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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