Study Shows Standing Exercises Are Better for Preserving Mobility

September 15, 2017 in Our News & Bulletins by Ideal Home Care

One of the biggest issues with age is becoming less mobile. To that end, there are many senior exercise programs designed to help improve or preserve mobility. These programs mostly involve exercises while sitting down. However, that might not be the best way to improve mobility. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association sheds some light on the matter. The study involved comparing a traditional sit-down exercise program to a newer one. This newer one focused on having the participants stand up most of the time and incorporating coordination and timing exercises. All 300 participants in the study were over 65 and lived in assisted living facilities.

The results showed a bigger improvement in mobility among the seniors who participated in the standing exercise program. They also saw that meaningful improvement occurred in more people in the standing exercise group as well. Around 42 percent of the standing exercise group found meaningful improvement versus just 24 percent of the traditional exercise group.

There is a limitation to address, though. The after-intervention assessment happened almost immediately after the courses were over. There is no evidence to show that the difference in gains exists for the long term. More research is necessary to determine if the differences last in the long term.

This means incorporating more standing and coordination exercises into programs could lead to even bigger improvement among senior patients. If you are having mobility issues, please schedule an appointment with us. We will with work with you to customize an exercise and treatment plan that is best for you.

Source:

Brach JS, et al. “Effectiveness of a Timing and Coordination Group Exercise Program to Improve Mobility in Community-Dwelling Older Adults A Randomized Clinical Trial.” Journal of the American Medical Associate Internal Medicine. Published online August 14, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.3609

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