According to KTLA The one-two punch of diet and exercise may be the best for obese seniors who want to be stronger and more fit, finds a study released Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Researchers placed 107 men and women who were obese and age 65 and older into one of four groups for a year: one that dieted; one that did cardio, resistance, flexibility and balance exercises three times a week; one that did both; and a control group that neither dieted nor exercised.
Almost across the board, the seniors in the diet and exercise group fared better than the diet group, exercise group or control group alone. Physical performance improved by 21% in the combination group, by 15% in the exercise group and by 12% in the weight loss group. The study subjects were tested on tasks such as walking, putting on and removing a coat, standing up from a chair and climbing a flight of stairs.
Participants also had their peak oxygen consumption (a measure of a person’s physical fitness) calculated during a treadmill walk. Those in the diet and exercise group improved 17% from the start of the study, while the diet group improved 10% and the exercise group improved 8%.
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