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After a hospital stay, high-intensity exercise improves fitness

Before leaving the hospital, 115 people with a chronic illness, ages 70-92 years, were randomly assigned to a high-intensity aerobic interval exercise program or low-intensity exercises and telephone support. After three months, both groups improved in scores on health-related quality of life and physical activity assessments. The high-intensity group significantly improved their scores on the Senior Fitness Test compared to those in the low-intensity group.

SOURCE: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, early view, doi:10.1111/jgs.12400 (August 8, 2013)

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