Osteoporosis International

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 665–674 | Cite as

Maintenance of exercise-induced benefits in physical functioning and bone among elderly women

  • S. Karinkanta
  • A. Heinonen
  • H. Sievänen
  • K. Uusi-Rasi
  • M. Fogelholm
  • P. Kannus
Original Article

Abstract

Summary

This study showed that about a half of the exercise-induced gain in dynamic balance and bone strength was maintained one year after cessation of the supervised high-intensity training of home-dwelling elderly women. However, to maintain exercise-induced gains in lower limb muscle force and physical functioning, continued training seems necessary.

Introduction

Maintenance of exercise-induced benefits in physical functioning and bone structure was assessed one year after cessation of 12-month randomized controlled exercise intervention.

Methods

Originally 149 healthy women 70–78 years of age participated in the 12-month exercise RCT and 120 (81%) of them completed the follow-up study. Self-rated physical functioning, dynamic balance, leg extensor force, and bone structure were assessed.

Results

During the intervention, exercise increased dynamic balance by 7% in the combination resistance and balance-jumping training group (COMB). At the follow-up, a 4% (95% CI: 1–8%) gain compared with the controls was still seen, while the exercise-induced isometric leg extension force and self-rated physical functioning benefits had disappeared. During the intervention, at least twice a week trained COMB subjects obtained a significant 2% benefit in tibial shaft bone strength index compared to the controls. A half of this benefit seemed to be maintained at the follow-up.

Conclusions

Exercise-induced benefits in dynamic balance and rigidity in the tibial shaft may partly be maintained one year after cessation of a supervised 12-month multi-component training in initially healthy elderly women. However, to maintain the achieved gains in muscle force and physical functioning, continued training seems necessary.

Keywords

Balance training Bone strength Maintenance Physical functioning Osteoporosis Strength training 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Karinkanta
    • 1
    • 5
  • A. Heinonen
    • 1
    • 2
  • H. Sievänen
    • 1
  • K. Uusi-Rasi
    • 1
  • M. Fogelholm
    • 1
    • 6
  • P. Kannus
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.The UKK Institute for Health Promotion ResearchTampereFinland
  2. 2.Department of Health SciencesUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland
  3. 3.Medical School, University TampereTampereFinland
  4. 4.Division of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Department of Trauma, Musculoskeletal Surgery and RehabilitationTampere University HospitalTampereFinland
  5. 5.Research UnitPirkanmaa Hospital DistrictTampereFinland
  6. 6.Academy of FinlandHelsinkiFinland

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