Obese elderly may need constant support to keep exercising

A study shows that a program of exercise improved physical functioning in obese and non-obese elderly.

Mobility function was assessed as usual walking speed over 400 m and scores on a short physical performance battery (SPPB), which includes short distance walking, balance tests, and chair rises.

Unfortunately, once the program ended (see Table 3), the obese elderly “fell off the wagon” and stopped exercising as much as their normal weight peers.

For myself, I continue to use a trainer, continue to record my workouts, even though I am pretty much at my goal.  It’s easy to fall off the wagon…

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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