Range of Products Emerge to Meet Needs of Older Adult Exercisers

A range of products have emerged to meet the many and diverse needs of older adult exercisers.

Turn back the clock to October 2008 and two stories dominate the headlines: the faltering world economy and the U.S. Presidential election. So, the Oct. 7 release of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' comprehensive "Physical Activity Guides for Americans" may have been ill timed as a news event, but it was newsworthy nonetheless.

The federal department - based on an extensive report from a 13-member advisory panel charged with analyzing mountains of scientific research - for the first time unequivocally stated what many people in the fitness industry already suspected: that regular physical activity over the course of months and years produces long-term health benefits and reduces the incidence of chronic disease and early death. An exercise regimen that incorporates frequent cardiovascular fitness and strength training, the report states, reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, colon and breast cancers and depression, among other maladies. For older adults, in particular, the guidelines state (also unequivocally) that regular exercise can "improve thinking ability" and "the ability to engage in activities needed for daily living."

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