Tips for Staying Strong with Age.
Age and Declining Strength:
- “The average adult loses 1% to 5% of their strength annually through normal processes.”
- That means that the average 70 year old is 50% to 70% weaker than they were at the age of 30.
Exercise Duration for Older Adults:
- “Exercises should be performed 2-3x weekly at 60% to 80% of maximal effort for as many repetitions as possible until form deteriorates.”
- It takes 12 to 16 weeks of strength training prior before true and long-lasting strength gains occur.
Importance of Home Exercise Programs (HEP):
This article highlights the importance of home exercise programs (HEP) especially after discharge from physical therapy. Blessing the Author’s point too is that exercises should be progressed in terms of the way used, and the exercises should be performed in a manner that replicates functional needs such as lifting, stooping, stair-climbing, etc.
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Jonathan Hill, DPT, Licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy with Siskiyou PT
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