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Use the stairs for physical activity  by Kathie C. Garbe, PhD, MCHES-1442

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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Whole body vibration, part two: what's the most effective protocol? by Joseph Signorile, PhD-1381

Whole body vibration, part two: what's the most effective protocol? by Joseph Signorile, PhD

For any exercise device or intervention to be effective, it must be used correctly. This may seem a simple concept, but its application can be difficult. It may also take years to develop all the questions concerning the most effective protocols. Given the number of whole body vibration (WBV) devices, the available settings on each device, and the number of different exercises and patterns of training that you can use with WBV, the question should not be, What is the best protocol? Rather, we should be asking, What is the best protocol to improve a given parameter—strength, power, balance, etc.—in older adults and on what type of machine?

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Whole body vibration, part one: what's shakin' now? by Joseph Signorile, PhD-1360

Whole body vibration, part one: what's shakin' now? by Joseph Signorile, PhD

Whole body vibration (WBV) has received considerable exposure as one of the new technical innovations in exercise. In my 2006 article “Whole body vibration training: a new wave in exercise intervention for older adults?” published in this journal, I reviewed the findings in the literature that examined the feasibility of using WBV as an intervention to address people’s needs as they age. A good deal of research has been done since that review, and this paper is intended to bring you up to date on the latest findings.

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Activating older adults with 'Nordic' pole walking and exercise programs by Tom Rutlin, BS-1352

Activating older adults with 'Nordic' pole walking and exercise programs by Tom Rutlin, BS

Among the most basic of all human activities, walking is essential to maintaining functional independence as we age. However, declining confidence, muscle fitness and proprioception (which allows us to sense body position in space) can threaten our ability to walk safely and thus stay independent. “Nordic” pole walking and pole exercise programs offer simple, effective options for regular physical activity participation, promoting health, function and independence in older adults.

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Step up physical activity with the sport of flyball by Mary E. Sanders, PhD, FACSM, RCEP-1327

Step up physical activity with the sport of flyball by Mary E. Sanders, PhD, FACSM, RCEP

John Tresise’s goal was to take charge of his health. The 69-year-old weighed too much and had diabetes plus other health-related issues. So he joined Energy BALANCE (Behavior And Lifestyle Assessment with Nutrition Centered Education), our individualized, comprehensive weight loss and wellness program at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. This program in the Division of Endocrinology, Nutrition and Metabolism is led by a team of physicians, dieticians and an exercise physiologist. Our provider team listened to John’s stories, evaluated his health status, and developed medical, nutritional and exercise goals to meet his objectives.

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Review the new health and activity guidelines-1251

Review the new health and activity guidelines

Any organization has the ability to produce a “guidelines” document, and many of them do as part of their missions to educate their stakeholders. Medical and health care societies, government agencies, associations, universities, research centers—guidelines come from all these sources.

In general, guidelines relevant to health care and lifestyle activities are produced by forming a committee (or more than one group) of people with academic and practice expertise to compile research on a topic and sort it according to the quality of the studies. Based on the evidence, the group makes recom-mendations.

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