In a study on the benefits of high-intensity exercise for older adults, researchers found that high-intensity resistance training in physical rehabilitation is safe and improves function and satisfaction. “High-intensity, multicomponent rehabilitation strategies are safe and, compared with usual care, significantly doubled physical function in medically complex, older adults receiving home rehabilitation after hospitalization,” noted University of Colorado researchers. They recommended changing current rehabilitation approaches to incorporate more vigorous training as a way to increase care and reduce costs.

The study was published in Physical Therapy (2020; 100 [10], 1746–58).