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The Surprising Results of Fitness Programs for Older Adults

In this podcast, we learn that older adults benefit similarly to younger adults

By Paul Vogelzang

(Editor's note: This podcast is from The Not Old – Better Show.)

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Today's show is another great one in our Fitness Friday series. We hear from returning guest, Sabrena Jo, director of science and research content for the American Council on Exercise (ACE), a nonprofit that sets fitness industry standards and provides certification for exercise professionals and health coaches.

Sabrena will be here to share important information about new research that answers a question often on our minds of the Not Old Better audience and community: Do older adults respond to exercise training in a way that is similar to their younger counterparts? Do older adults benefit in similar ways to younger adults from a regular fitness program? It turns out the answer is yes.

Sabrena explains the findings from a recent ACE study comparing two groups of subjects: 10 people between the ages of 18 and 35, and eight people between ages 50 and 65. All of the people were sedentary at the start of the study, but they were in relatively good health with no chronic diseases. The subjects were given individualized exercise programs based on their endurance abilities. After eight weeks of doing these programs, both groups showed similar levels of improvement in their fitness.

Paul Vogelzang is an award-winning blogger, podcaster, writer, and producer, known for his down to earth accessible reporting and advice for men and women in the 50 + age community. Paul is the host of The Not Old - Better Show launched in 2014. Paul shares vibrant, focused, entertaining content on the show, and writes frequently about the subjects of fashion, grooming, entertainment, technology, fitness and relationships for those in the 50+ age community. Read More
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