Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Resistance Training Improves Quality of Life in Older Cancer Survivors

“Older cancer survivors showed greater strength and ability to perform daily tasks after resistance training, according to research presented today at the 55th American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. One of few studies to involve cancer patients beyond their mid-50s, it tests ways to fight the loss of function that can limit the independence of seniors -- particularly those who have undergone cancer therapies. ACSM recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity daily physical activity for older adults, including aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening activity, both of which are essential for healthy aging. The benefits associated with regular exercise and physical activity contribute to a more healthy, independent lifestyle, improving functional capacity and quality of life by reducing risk of chronic disease, premature mortality, and overall limitations in ability to perform activities of daily life.”

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