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High-Intensity Functional Resistance Training for Older Adults

A more vigorous rehabilitation approach improves outcomes.

HIIT and older adults

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).


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Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is an internationally acknowledged integrative health and mindfulness specialist, best-selling author of 16 fitness and wellness books translated into multiple languages and sold worldwide, award-winning health journalist, contributing editor to Fitness Journal, media spokesperson, and IDEA's 2008 Fitness Instructor of the Year. She's a 25-year industry veteran and former health and fitness educator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, who has served on multiple industry committees and co-authored trade books and manuals for ACE, ACSM and YMCA of the USA. She has appeared on TV worldwide and was a featured trainer on America's Next Top Model.

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