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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181d9a66c
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Strategies for Aging Well

Geithner, Christina A PhD1; McKenney, Diane R BS2

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Abstract

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.

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