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Global waves across the ages by Mary E. Sanders, PhD, FACSM, RCEP-4143

Global waves across the ages by Mary E. Sanders, PhD, FACSM, RCEP

About a decade ago in Castellón, Spain, splashing around for health started at 10 p.m., just as most people were winding down their day. Thirty-four hardy individuals would slip on swimsuits and jump into the community swimming pool to participate in a WaterFit® study under the leadership of Lourdes Escobar Torres, MD, and Charo Belenguer Benitez. What made this research so unusual was the diversity of participants, all of whom shared the same workout. ... The average age of these individuals was about 40 years old. But families also participated, with 17- to 70-year-olds working out together. How? The buoyancy of water neutralized differences among participants, and the program design allowed every person to tailor exercise intensity to their own needs, thereby allowing teens through grandparents to enjoy a multigenerational fitness experience.

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Boost lifestyle activity to support clients in aging well by John C. Griffin, MSc-3643

Boost lifestyle activity to support clients in aging well by John C. Griffin, MSc

The demographics of our aging society dictate that quality of life will continue to be an important health promotion objective for all concerned with older-adult health and its broader societal impact. The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified a number of components of people’s perceptions of their quality of life, including health, physical function, social relations, occupation, standard of living, and sexual functioning. When used with a large number of Brazilian adults ages 60 and over, the WHO Quality of Life Instrument–Older Adults Module indicated that increases in levels of physical activity can contribute to improvements in quality of life.

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Higher-intensity interval training moves to the pool by Mary E. Sanders, PhD, FACSM, RCEP-3571

Higher-intensity interval training moves to the pool by Mary E. Sanders, PhD, FACSM, RCEP

Are your participants short on time? Recommend a quick, low-impact run in the pool to squeeze out the health benefits of higher-intensity interval training (HIIT). Interval training alternates bursts of high energy with low-energy recovery cycles. Research suggests this kind of approach offers a viable, shorter alternative to higher volume, continuous aerobic exercise. Depending on a person’s fitness level and objective, the intermittent work and recovery bouts in HIIT may last seconds to minutes. Pool training provides opportunities to gear up, or down, intensity on demand by capturing water’s natural resistance. And a simple walk, jog or run can be performed with vigor in cool liquid comfort.

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Rowing across the generations by Gary Gordon, PhD-1451

Rowing across the generations by Gary Gordon, PhD

In 1886, when the Duluth (Minnesota) Rowing Club was formed (1), Grover Cleveland was president, the Statue of Liberty was freshly cast, and Coca-Cola had just been invented. Then, rowing was a sport for young men. Today, rowing welcomes men and women, from ninth graders to centenarians. Some race on a 2,000-meter course (2,187 yards) and others prefer recreational rowing.

You’ve watched rowing as part of the Olympic Games, but perhaps haven’t given it much thought beyond that. To explain, boats with two oars per rower are known as “sculls” (which is also another name for the oars themselves). You row backward, so you can see where you’ve been. Sculls can be an individual or a team-building sport. For example, quads are racing shells that are 41 feet long and 2 feet wide; they hold four rowers. They can be used for competition or recreation. These boats are long and sleek, with seats that slide backward and forward on rails. Fixed sets of “shoes,” called stretchers, anchor the rowers’ feet.

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Use the stairs for physical activity  by Kathie C. Garbe, PhD, MCHES-1441

Use the stairs for physical activity by Kathie C. Garbe, PhD, MCHES

Participation in physical activity has the potential to positively change the way we live and age. An abundance of research shows that regular physical activity has been associated with a decreased risk of death and disability from a number of prevalent diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis (1, 2, 3). Regular physical activity helps maintain balance and prevent falls and fall-related injuries, prevent cognitive decline, manage chronic disease and pain and improve mental outlook, especially in depression (4, 5).

In addition, physical activity maintains and improves quality of life by reducing disease and preserving independence (6, 7). Also, we know that increasing physical activity may prove the most effective strategy for the prevention of heart disease, the leading cause of death for both men and women (8, 9).

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Merge function with fun using Life Skills Relays by Kim Eichinger-1438

Merge function with fun using Life Skills Relays by Kim Eichinger

For older adults moving into a retirement community, many of the physical tasks they used to perform are no longer a part of their daily routines. If these individuals do not wish to participate in other forms of exercise, they may become sedentary and at greater risk for compromised mobility.

When challenged by the fact that some older adults do not come from a culture where recreational exercise (or going to a gym) is a part of their lifestyles, staff in the fitness department at Country Meadows retirement communities realized we had to find a less traditional way to engage them in movement.

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