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  • Print publication year: 2004
  • Online publication date: August 2009

2 - Physical activity and exercise

from Part I - Health promotion

Summary

This chapter provides scientifically derived information on the proper exercise regimen for the middle-aged woman. Much research is published about the effects of exercise in older and younger women, but less information is available for middle-aged women. The chapter also addresses certain medical conditions/diseases pertaining to aging women and how exercise can function as a primary or secondary preventive tool. Available research data demonstrates that regular physical activity and exercise can improve all aspects of health, spirit, mind, and body. Exercise and physical activity can forestall the age-associated changes that can lead to dependence and disability. Regular physical activity and exercise can result in positive improvements in health and fitness. Moderate amounts of physical activity can reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The available evidence suggests strongly that physical activity and exercise can have a positive effect on morbidity and mortality.
FURTHER RESOURCES
Books
Chu, D. Explosive Power and Strength. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics; 1996
Goldenberg, L. and Twist, P. Strength Ball Training. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics; 2002
Coulter, H. D. and McCall, T. Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers, and Practitioners. Honesdale, PA: Body and Breath
Videos
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Santana, J. C. The Essence of Stability Ball Training. New York: Perform Better; 2001
Johnson, M. Tai Chi for Seniors: Self Healing Through Movement. Mill Vally, CA Tai Chi for Seniors; 2001
Johnson, J. A. (1999). Power Tai Chi: Total Body Workout. San Diego, CA: Goldhill Home Media; 1999
On-line yoga classes available at http://www.yoga4realpeople.com
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