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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Which Exercises Are Best For Elderly People?

They don't know.
"Although the duration and frequency of these exercise programs vary, in general the effective programs ran three times a week for a duration of three months and involved exercises that challenged people's balance while they were standing. Interestingly we found that walking and cycling generally do not improve balance, although they have many other beneficial effects."

The researchers discovered much of the evidence to be of poor quality, which made combining different studies extremely difficult due to lack of consistency in the measurement instruments used to test balance.

Howe concludes:

"If the research community identified a core group of balance outcomes that were used in all future studies, we would be in a much stronger position to combine individual studies and better understand of which type of exercise is the most effective to improve balance."
Gives you confidence, no?

Still think they have any idea what they are talking about?

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