Short six-second bursts of vigorous exercise, known as High Intensity Training (HIT), could potentially transform the health of elderly people by helping to reduce blood pressure and improve general fitness.
Researchers at Abertay University believe HIT could help reduce the astronomical and ever-rising costs of ill-health in elderly people. Further research is planned.
Gallagher, J. (2014). Six seconds of exercise ‘can transform health’. London: BBC Health News, July 27th 2014.
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Adamson, SB. Lorimer, R. [and] Cobley, JN. [et al] (2014). Extremely short-duration high-intensity training substantially improves the physical function and self-reported health status of elderly adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, July 2014, Vol.62(7), pp.1380-1. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
Possibly of Interest: Improving Patient Outcomes and Reducing Referrals (FSEM)
The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM) has launched their second document aimed at reducing health problems caused by physical inactivity. “A Fresh Approach in Practice” is aimed at CCGs and outlines how effective exercise medicine can help tackle chronic diseases, conditions related to physical inactivity and common musculoskeletal conditions. It explains how to reduce referrals for costly procedures and services, citing the results of pilot services in surgeries, clinics and hospitals which have used exercise medicine services to improve patient outcomes and save taxpayer’s money.
Sport and Exercise Medicine. A fresh approach in practice: A National Health Service information document. [Online]: Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (FSEM), July 2014.
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