Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 305–310 | Cite as

Physical activity and the older adult: Measurement, benefits, and risks

  • Jennifer S. Brach
  • Andrea M. Kriska
  • Nancy W. Glynn
  • Anne B. Newman
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Abstract

The achievement and maintenance of regular physical activity is prudent in the older adult, but accurate physical activity assessment can be difficult in this population. Factors such as type and intensity of the physical activity, walking speed, gait pattern, and body type should be considered when selecting an assessment measure. Aerobic activity coupled with appropriate resistance training can help not only to achieve better health but also to reach a higher level of function, independence, and quality of life, all of which are critical to the older adult.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer S. Brach
    • 1
  • Andrea M. Kriska
  • Nancy W. Glynn
  • Anne B. Newman
  1. 1.Department of Physical TherapyUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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