Exercise Programs for Senior Women Blacksburg VA

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Anytime Fitness
(540) 808-1340
1480 South Main Street
Blacksburg, VA
 
Jazzercise Blacksburg Y Center
(540) 552-6073
1000 North Main St.
Blacksburg, VA
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Jazzercise

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Cross Fit Blacksburg
(540) 552-0625
112 Country Club Dr SW
Blacksburg, VA
 
New Tech Fitness
(540) 552-2555
460 Turner St NW
Blacksburg, VA
 
New Town Fitness
(540) 552-2555
460 Turner St NW # 202
Blacksburg, VA
 
Anytime Fitness Blacksburg, VA
(540) 808-1340
1480 South Main Street, Suite 108
Blacksburg, VA
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24-hr Operations, Cardio Equipment, Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Parking, Personal Training, Spinning, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Weight Club
(540) 951-2949
801 University City Blvd # 6
Blacksburg, VA
 
Weight Club At Crc
(540) 953-2787
1715 Pratt Dr # 1600
Blacksburg, VA
 
Jazzercise Blacksburg Community Center
(540) 552-6073
725 Patrick Henry Dr.
Blacksburg, VA
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Jazzercise

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Curves Blacksburg VA
1301 S. Main Street
Blacksburg, VA
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Aerobics, Body Sculpting, Cardio Equipment, Cardio Equipment, Circuit Training, Group Exercise Studio, Gym Classes, Gym Equipment, Gym Sports, Silver Sneakers, Zumba

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History of Exercise Helps Elderly Women Avoid Falls

It's commonly known that elderly people are at risk of falling and potentially hurting themselves. Lots of different factors can be involved in these falls, including poor vision and medication use. But some of the most important factors are musculoskeletal ones--those having to do with balance and the strength of muscles and bones.

Swiss scientists recently studied this relationship. They wanted to know how closely related musculoskeletal factors were to bone density, and whether both factors could predict an elderly person's risk of falling.

The study was conducted at two Swiss hospitals with extended-stay geriatric units. One hundred thirty-four patients were given a mobility test, musculoskeletal tests that measured (among other things) strength and reach, and ultrasound on the heel bone to determine bone density. Patients were also asked to report their activity in sports before age 40. The study included 96 women (average age 85.1) and 38 men (average age 81.8), none of whom were able to live independently at the time of the study. Nurses at one of the two hospitals monitored falls among 94 of these patients for 12 months. A fall was considered "unintentionally coming to rest on the ground, floor, or other lower level."

The researchers found that regular exercise (at least once per week) before age 40 had little impact on the muscle strength of the elderly patients. However, the women who exercised regularly before age 40 had significantly higher bone density. They also fell less frequently, even less than the men in the same category, who had stronger muscles. That's interesting because strength plays a major role in balance. This led researchers to believe that the women had better posture control.

Overall, the researchers found a correlation between bone density and muscle strength and mobility. They determined that elderly women might benefit from rehabilitation focused on strength building. Men, in turn, might benefit from rehabilitat...

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