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Light intensity activities add to benefits of more vigorous physical activity-5386

Light intensity activities add to benefits of more vigorous physical activity

Adults over 65 years of age should accumulate 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity each week, for periods of 10 minutes or longer, and strength train two days of the week, according to recommendations in the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines and the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. These guidelines are similar to those published in additional countries. But, a team of researchers were curious if less intense activities—that might be more appealing to older adults—would also provide health benefits.

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Barriers to exercise may differ for oldest ages-5366

Barriers to exercise may differ for oldest ages

A questionnaire was completed by 144 people ages 65-95 years who reported on their motivations to exercise, barriers to exercise, health and feelings of well-being.

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Against stereotype, older adults favor active pursuits-5334

Against stereotype, older adults favor active pursuits

Previous research has shown that any physical activity, whether gained from walking to the store or attending an exercise class, has a positive effect on health. However, recent statistics show that 59.4% of the US population 65 years and older did not meet either the muscle strengthening (twice a week) or aerobic activity (150 minutes/week) recommendations for physical activity (Health, United States 2014).

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Exercising outdoors keeps midlife women motivated-5190

Exercising outdoors keeps midlife women motivated

Does exercising indoors or outdoors affect a woman’s motivation to maintain physical activity? To find out, 23 women ages 52-69 years were assigned to exercise for one hour, three times a week, either indoors or outdoors.

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Instructors a critical factor in attracting older adults to exercise-5067

Instructors a critical factor in attracting older adults to exercise

Physical activity is one key to a healthy life (and maintaining functional independence). An instructor-led exercise class is intended to bring expertise to exercise, along with social connections. What will attract older adults to classes?

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Fitness and stress management motivate exercise-5065

Fitness and stress management motivate exercise

Using a touch screen computer in the lobby of eight YMCA facilities across Montreal, 1,885 participants from teens through older adults answered questions about their motivation to exercise. There were 256 people ages 40-49 years and 172 individuals 50 years and older included in the results. Across all age groups, “toned and fit” was the top motivator, followed by “stress reduction.” As people aged they indicated these categories more frequently, and less frequently cited “mental toughness” (defined as personal challenge and adventure) or “fun and friends.”

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