Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Blood Lipid Response to Training in Functionally Limited Elders. (Exercise Physiology and Fitness)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Blood Lipid Response to Training in Functionally Limited Elders. (Exercise Physiology and Fitness)

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There is a dearth of information available examining the effects of exercise training on lipoprotein levels for elderly populations. In younger populations, exercise training has been reported to both improve the lipoprotein profile and result in no change. However, since septuagenarian and sexagenarian endurance athletes have been shown to differ from younger populations in blood lipid profiles, caution needs to be used when extrapolating results from younger populations to older ones. To investigate the effects of exercise training on blood lipids in a population of low functioning elderly. Fifty-one volunteers were randomly divided into one of four groups: strength training (ST, n = 14, age = 77 [+ or -] 6 years), aerobic training (AT, n 15, age = 80 V 8 years), a combination of strength and aerobic training (CT, n = 12, age = 77 [+ or -] 6 years) or control (C, n = 10, age = 78 [+ or -] 9 years). The intervention lasted for 16 weeks during which controls were instructed to maintain normal levels of activi ty and the exercise groups completed 3 sessions of exercise per week. ST completed 2 sets of 12, bilaterally, of 14 different strength training exercises using Thera Band (R) resistance bands. AT walked for 35 mm and CT walked for 20 mm and completed 2 set of 12 of the strength training exercises. …

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