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Anytime Fitness Lake Charles, LA
(337) 478-2727
630 West Prien Lake Road, Shoppes at Prien Lake
Lake Charles, LA
Programs & Services
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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Unique Fitness
(337) 853-7749
1431 West Prien Lake Road
Lake Charles, LA
 
Gigi's Of Christus St Patrick
(337) 474-6601
4429 Nelson Rd # 11
Lake Charles, LA
 
LA Fitness
(337) 478-8686
4324 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA
 
Genesis Fitness Center
(337) 436-8913
2800 Westwood Road
Westlake, LA
 
Swla Fitness Center
(337) 493-5198
2000 Opelousas Street
Lake Charles, LA
 
Jazzercise Lake Charles Fitness Center
(337) 477-2114
201 W. College St.
Lake Charles, LA
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Jazzercise

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Curves For Women
(337) 479-2477
3848 Ryan St
Lake Charles, LA
 
Snap Fitness
(337) 478-4525
2724 Country Club Rd.
Lake Charles, LA
 
Family Life Center
(337) 474-6814
3939 Kingston Street
Lake Charles, LA
 
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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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