ERIC Number: ED138554
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Exercise and Aging.
Clarke, H. Harrison, Ed.
Physical Fitness Research Digest, s7 n2 Apr 1977
In this presentation on exercise and aging, the following explanations are made: the nature of physical fitness, physical fitness values, the importance of recognizing individual differences, physiological changes occurring with age through the adult years, physical fitness studies pertaining to middle-aged persons, the trainability of older people, and suggestions for an adult fitness program. The suggestions emphasize proper principles of exercise and procedures for the improvement and maintenance of circulatory-respiratory endurance and muscular strength and endurance, basic physical fitness components, and body flexibility. The studies presented show that (1) older people are trainable in respect to physical fitness components even though many have been sedentary for many years; (2) exercise, when properly applied, can retard the aging process and add vigor throughout life; (3) improvements in the physical fitness components are slower for older people than for younger; and (4) the older person cannot hope to regain his or her youthful performance level. Some case studies are provided; many older persons have phenomenal performance records and engage in championship events into their seventies and beyond. A list of references is included. (MM)
Descriptors: Age, Exercise, Exercise (Physiology), Geriatrics, Gerontology, Health, Heart Rate, Individual Differences, Lifetime Sports, Older Adults, Physical Activities, Physical Fitness, Physiology
President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Washington, D.C. 20201
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Washington, DC.