Study Shows 8-Week Training Program Helps Promote Healthy Lifestyle for Seniors

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For many older adults, it can be difficult to find safe and effective workouts. According to the CDC, only 9.7% of Americans older than 65 meet their recommendations for strength training at least two days a week. That’s where the MU Extension Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program can help. The 8-week program for older adults provides safe, structured and effective strength training to help reduce frailty, osteoporosis and the risk of falls.

Researchers from the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, and MU Extension and Engagement Office teamed up to study the efficacy of the Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program.

The study’s results, published in the Journal of Aging and Health, found that the program improves muscle strength, dynamic balance, flexibility and even sleep quality.

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