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AARP Bulletin, January 5, 2009
1. Get Fit
Fitness level after 4 months:
Trudy Moore-Harrison et al. “The Effects of Aerobic Training and Nutrition Education on Functional Performance in Low Socioeconomic Older Adults.” Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy 31(1) (2008): 18–23.
2. Save on Annual Medical Bills
Feifei Wang et al. “BMI, Physical Activity, and Health Care Utilization/Costs Among Medicare Retirees.” Obesity Research 13 (2005): 1450–57.
3. Improve Cardiovascular Health
Samia Mora et al. “Physical Activity and Reduced Risk of Cardiovascular Events.” Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association 116 (2007): 2110–18.
Steven P. Hooker et al. “Cardiorespiratory Fitness as a Predictor of Fatal and Nonfatal Stroke in Asymptomatic Women and Men.” Stroke 39 (2008): 2950–57.
Type 2 diabetes:
William C. Knowler et al. “Reduction in the Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes With Lifestyle Intervention or Metformin.” New England Journal of Medicine 346(6) (2002): 393–403.
4. Fight Cancer
Anne McTiernan et al. “Recreational Physical Activity and the Risk of Breast Cancer in Postmenopausal Women: The Women’s Health Initiative Cohort Study.” Journal of the American Medical Association 290 (2003): 1331–36.
Kathleen Wolin et al. “Leisure-Time Physical Activity Patterns and Risk of Colon Cancer in Women.” International Journal of Cancer 121(12) (2007): 2776–78.
N. Orsini et al. “Association of Physical Activity With Cancer Incidence, Mortality, and Survival: A Population-based Study of Men.” British Journal of Cancer 98 (2008): 1864–69.
5. Lose Weight
6. Accelerate Recovery
Andrea Dunn et al. “Exercise Treatment for Depression: Efficacy and Dose Response.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 28(1) (2005): 1–8.
Charles Emery et al. “Exercise Accelerates Wound Healing Among Healthy Older Adults: A Preliminary Investigation.” The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences 60: 1432–36.
7. Battle Degenerative Disease
Eric Larson et al. “Exercise Is Associated With Reduced Risk of Incident Dementia Among People Aged 65 Years and Older.” Annals of Internal Medicine 144(2) (2006): 73–81.
K. C. Heesch et al. “Relationship Between Physical Activity and Stiff or Painful Joints in Mid-aged Women and Older Women: A 3-year Prospective Study.” Arthritis Research & Therapy 9 (2007): R34.
Katarina Borer et al. “Walking Intensity for Postmenopausal Bone Mineral Preservation and Accrual.” Bone 41(4) (2007): 713–21.
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