Many people in elderly care may be concerned that they are not getting enough exercise. However, more and more research is showing that a minimal effort can go a long way.
According to new research out of the University of Copenhagen published in the American Journal of Physiology, getting 30 minutes of daily exercise helps with weight loss and a reduced body mass just as much as getting 60 minutes of physical activity.
The researchers looked at 60 heavy but healthy men and put half of them on an exercise regimen of an hour a day while wearing a calorie counter and heart rate monitor. The other half of the group only had to sweat for about 30 minutes. The researchers found that the 30-minute exercises were just enough to help change the weight of the men.
While those in home health care may not be able to work out to the point of sweating, there are still exercises they can do. According to the National Institutes of Health, endurance activities such as walking and swimming can improve heart health, which balance exercises can reduce the risk of a fall.
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