July 2014 Newsletter

Something for the older members to take note of this month & for those entering their 60’s to take on board as key to maintaining & improving their quality of life when they reach their 70 plus years. The American College of Sports Medicine advised its’ member professionals of some significant sports science & medically researched facts in early 2014,

There is now conclusive medically based evidence from a number of long term university hospital studies in the USA & the UK that conclusively prove that activity in older populations increases longevity, improves day to day well-being, increases bone density, joint mobility, cardiovascular & pulmonary conditioning along with stimulating good mental health.

Participants in their 70s & 80’s who were the basis of these studies over a decade long series of sustained tests have all benefitted enormously from the ranges of exercises & conditioning that they underwent. All increased mobility, agility, strength, inner health as well as mental health and a far higher percentage remained independent than those who did not partake in the case study for the same period.

This series of case studies is the first conclusive evidence that activity (defined as cardiovascular, strength & conditioning, flexibility exercises) categorically improved mobility, general body function & active minds. Significantly those on the case studies underwent lower levels of medical consultation with their GP’s & prevented ‘major outcomes’ defined as loss of mobility, limb control, bodily functions in their 80’s. These benefits directly linked to active exercise participation on a thrice weekly basis as a minimum.
The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) states that the scientific based evidence is now overwhelming that active bodies for a minimum of 10 minutes per day, 5 days per week or 20 minutes per day 3 days per week improves quality of life, defined as increased independent / unsupported bodily mobility & complete human functionality.

Aged populations (those over 70) suffer higher rates of disability & more regular as well as more serious illnesses & disadvantageous medical conditions & indeed are proven to suffer lower aged mortality as a direct correlation to a lack of any exercise in their daily lives. In plain English, train well & controlled from basic walking your dog or indeed yourself 5 times per week upward to improve your physical health & maintain mental well-being.

The detailed study was published in a public forum & online in late May 2014 so as to coincide with its presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

To JAMA run case study to observe the long term benefits of regular exercise recruited 1,635 men & women from across the U.S.A. in 2010 & ran over a 4 year period. At the start of the study, they were all between the ages of 70 & 89 years old & were able to walk about a kilometre without assistance. The UK based test commenced in 2009 with 1,500 participants based on the same criteria & ran for 5 years.

The groups were divided into two; active & inactive; those active were prescribed strength, exercise, flexibility, mobility, balance & hand eye-coordination training programs in fitness & medical centres as appropriate. They also benefitted from weekly & then monthly health, nutrition, well-being meetings & forums throughout their period of the case study. The participants all underwent 6 monthly physical tests & cerebral mental testing.

The inactive group only benefitted from once monthly educational seminars & the rest was left up to them.

Overall results were conclusive that to partake in physical activity of any level for at least 10 minutes per day every day or 20 minutes per day at least 3 times per week had huge positive effects on a person’s well-being, health & fitness in everyday life.

So to workout in mind & body programs or on CV equipment or low intensity strength & conditioning in a local health club or gym would stand you, your family, relatives & friends in an infinitely better place than were you to remain inactive.

The best gift you could give to an elderly friend, relative or acquaintance is a FREE 3 Day Pass to HLFCH, just ask Jayne, Seani or Shondelle for any number of free 3 day passes for your ‘older’ friends or family members. We will happily give them away & play our small part in peaking their interest in self-help program to longevity & better all-round health & quality of life.