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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Combination of Strength, Aerobic Training Found Best for Obese Elderly

Combination of Strength, Aerobic Training Found Best for Obese Elderly
For obese people over age 64, the combination of aerobic exercise and weight training is better for improving physical functioning than either form of exercise alone, a new study concludes.

Each type of exercise and a combination of the two produced 9 percent reductions in body weight over six months. But the combination provided the best mix of protection against muscle and bone loss with improved aerobic capacity. Aerobic exercise and weight training, also known as resistance training, "have additive effects in improving your physical function," chief author Dr. Dennis Villareal of the Baylor College of Medicine and the DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston told Reuters Health by phone. The findings in theNew England Journal of Medicine have broad significance because one third of older adults in the United States are obese, with all the health risks that come with being very overweight. Yet there is concern that weight loss might make them even more frail because bone and muscle might be lost as well.

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