Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Improving Cardio-Vascular Fitness with Treadmill Training

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Improving Cardio-Vascular Fitness with Treadmill Training

Article excerpt

Cognitively impaired individuals have consistently been found to show extremely low degrees of physical fitness. Researchers have mostly attributed those poor physical conditions with sedentary life style. Although numerous exercise programs for individuals with cognitive impairment have been executed in the past, most were too costly to perform in non-research condition.

The lack of sufficient activity might be the cause of cardio-vascular diseases and premature aging detected in the above-mentioned population.

Participants: The Elwyn residential settings in Jerusalem, a division of Israel Elwyn, is the home for 250 adults with cognitive impairment. 34 individuals participated in the study. All participants were adults at the average age of 42 years, diagnosed with moderate-severe cognitive impairment.

Intervention: 17 participants underwent a yearly treadmill exercise program executed by (non- professional) volunteers, with the supervision of a physical therapist.

Results: Physical fitness (measured by decrease in heart rate) and general health conditions (as measured by yearly visitations to the infirmary) have shown significant (p<0. …

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