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BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN OLDER ADULTS: Programming Modifications to Enhance the Exercise Experience

Fern, Angela K. M.S., RCEP

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e3181b46b23

LEARNING OBJECTIVE • To provide exercise professionals with an understanding of the benefits of a structured exercise program, increased lifestyle physical activity, or both, and the unique social and programming needs of older adults.

This article discusses the benefits of regular exercise in older adults, with specific reference to fitness and mortality, cognitive and sexual function, and preventing premature disability. Innovative programming adjustments and the updated recommendation for physical activity for older adults also are reviewed

Angela K. Fern, M.S., RCEP, is a senior exercise physiologist in Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. She is an adjunct faculty lecturer at Oakland University in Rochester, MI, and is also a member of the ACSM Exam Development Team.

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