Workout Videos May Aid Seniors
Exercise DVDs may help older adults stay fit. Researchers assigned 307 sedentary adults ages 65 and over to one of two groups. The first watched a video about healthy aging and received phone calls with related tips. The second worked out three times a week to home fitness DVDs that researchers had programmed and received calls with workout tips. At the end of the six-month study, only the exercisers had improved their strength, balance, and flexibility—all factors related to less disability and more independence in older adults. Safety note: Check with your health care provider before making big changes in your exercise plan.
Source: Journals of Gerontology: Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, published online Feb. 11, 2013