Seniors shouldn't ignore weights, treadmill

SENIORS looking to lose a set of the love handles be warned - ignore the weights and treadmill at your own peril.

A new study has revealed that a combination of the two exercises is the safest way for heavy seniors to shed a few kilograms.

Health experts have been concerned that recommending weight loss to obese elders would speed up bone and muscle loss and could lead to injury.

However, the new findings, published by the New England Journal of Medicine, indicate aerobic activity and strength training topped dieting and either of the exercises on their own as the most beneficial.

The study, which involved 141 obese seniors, split the subjects into three groups - aerobics training, strength training, aerobics and strength training and a control no-exercise group.

After six months, each group (except the no-exercise control) had lost weight, around nine kilograms, but when tested, the combination group showed the most improvement with an average increase of 21 percent.

"It is the worst of both worlds, being fat and frail," Study lead Dr Dennis Villareal of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston said per AAP.

"It's never too late to change lifelong unhealthy habits."


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