Strength Training Improves Aerobic Power in Seniors

GAINESVILLE, FL — March 29, 2002 — For healthy older men and women, strength training not only firms muscles, but also significantly improves physical endurance and aerobic power, which can help prevent or delay a number of diseases including heart disease, according to a University of Florida study.

Most exercise regimens focus on aerobic or endurance exercise-such as walking, jogging and riding a bicycle-to boost cardiovascular conditioning. The UF researchers say their findings are the first to demonstrate improved aerobic capacity in healthy elderly adults following both low- and high-resistance exercise training programs. The study is published in the March issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine.

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