Washington: Making exercise a part of daily routine can reduce falls in older adults, according to researchers. A team of researchers at the University of Sydney designed and tested the Lifestyle integrated Functional Exercise (LiFE) programme, which involves embedding balance and lower limb strength training into daily routines, such as walking, stepping over objects and moving from sitting to standing.They then compared this approach with a structured exercise programme (performed three times a week using ankle cuff weights) and gentle ‘sham’ exercises that acted as the study control.They recruited 317 men and women aged 70 or older, living in the community and having two or more falls, or one injurious fall, in the past year.
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