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Strategies for Aging Well

Geithner, Christina A PhD1; McKenney, Diane R BS2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2010 - Volume 32 - Issue 5 - pp 36-52
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181d9a66c
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AGE-RELATED CHANGES IN STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION ARE A RESULT OF THE SINGULAR AND INTERACTIVE EFFECTS OF GENETIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS AS WELL AS NORMAL TIME EFFECTS, DISUSE OR PHYSICAL INACTIVITY, AND DISEASE. ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR AGING WELL, EXTENDING LIFE EXPECTANCY AND QUALITY OF LIFE, IS TO ADOPT AND MAINTAIN A REGULAR EXERCISE PROGRAM THAT INCLUDES AEROBIC EXERCISE, RESISTANCE TRAINING WITH POWER TRAINING INCORPORATED, FLEXIBILITY EXERCISES, AND BALANCE TRAINING. THIS ARTICLE DISCUSSES AGING DEMOGRAPHICS, DEFINITIONS AND THEORIES, AND RECENT RESEARCH RELATED TO EXERCISE NEEDED TO MAINTAIN OR IMPROVE MUSCULAR FITNESS, FUNCTION, AND QUALITY OF LIFE WITH AGING.

1Department of Human Physiology, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington; and 2Department of Physical Therapy, Eastern Washington University, Spokane, Washington

Christina A. Geithner

is a professor in the Department of Human Physiology at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

Diane R. McKenney

is a doctoral student in the Physical Therapy Program at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington.

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