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Exercise: Standing Exercises May Be Key to Staying Mobile After 80.

In a new study involving nearly 300 octogenarians, researchers found that those who took part in a six-week standing-exercise program were able to walk faster and farther than those who participated in a seated-exercise program during the same time frame. The standing program was designed to improve motor skills and muscle control needed for walking by making participants perform stepping patterns, walking patterns, and strengthening exercises. Based on the findings, lead researcher Dr. Jennifer Brach concludes, “Older adults who are interested in improving their mobility should consider participating in a group-based exercise program like ‘On the Move.’”
JAMA Internal Medicine, August 2017

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