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Title: Relative importance of aerobic versus resistance training for healthy aging

Author
item Chale-rush, Angela
item Fielding, Roger

Submitted to: Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/8/2008
Publication Date: 7/1/2008
Citation: Chale-Rush, A., Fielding, R. 2008. Relative importance of aerobic versus resistance training for healthy aging. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports. 2(4)311-317.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: This review will focus on the importance of aerobic and resistance modes of physical activity for healthy aging as supported by findings in 2007. In line with public health recommendations, several studies in 2007 employed an exercise paradigm that combined both modes of physical activity. While aerobic training generally underlies cardiorespiratory fitness, resistance training is important in maintaining muscle mass, strength and power. Thus, the preferred exercise paradigm would combine both forms of physical activity. Nevertheless, positive health benefits were reported in 2007 for studies that employed either mode of physical activity alone or a combination of the two.