Fitness for older people

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6963.1230 (Published 05 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1230
  1. W D F Smith
  1. Health Care for the Elderly, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth PL6 8HD.

    EDITOR, - As Archie Young and Susie Dinan state, the improvements of older people's aerobic capacity, endurance, strength, and flexibility with regular exercise are similar in percentage terms to those seen in younger people.1 These improvements have clear advantages, allowing a more active lifestyle, and if exercise is continued they should help the person to maintain his or her independence and delay the approach of critical functional thresholds that herald immobility.

    Perhaps less well recognised are some of the …

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