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Topic: Research on aging and physical activity is plentiful, and more and more evidence is helping to shape the way we prescribe and recommend exercise to older adults. How do these new guidelines and recommendations influence your research?
Dawn (3 Posts) from United Kingdom on Sep 2, 2009:

Do they include all components of fitness? What is the future of research in this area?

Anne (2 Posts) from United Kingdom on Sep 3, 2009:

Additional research exploring sociocultural influences on PA behaviour amongst priority groups e.g. ethnic elders/older men/the frail elderly could prove beneficial in helping practitioners increase PA take-up and adherence.

Angela (11 Posts) from United States on Sep 3, 2009:

I'm curious to see how community-based research, focusing on these new guidelines and recommendations, is applied more broadly to the older adult population. Also, to see if we can find a simple, yet effective message to deliver what needs to be done using this research.

Dawn (3 Posts) from United Kingdom on Sep 5, 2009:

these are both very important issues. There is no point in having recommendations if they are confusing or have no uptake! How might we translate the questions into viable research projects though? In terms of knowledge and understanding of guidelines, the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health have been doing some work in the UK on this and found that knowledge about the 30 minutes of moderate activity was reasonably well understood and applied, but that strength or balance recommendations were unknown amongst most physical activity practitioners and those giving advice :(


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