ACE Insights | 7 Things We Learned About Fitness in 2019

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ACE Insights | 7 Things We Learned About Fitness in 2019


Exercise science researchers published a number of important findings over the course of 2019. While the seven studies referenced below are not a comprehensive review of everything that was published over the past year, they do provide some insights into new ways that exercise can be used to help your clients, especially those in the later years of the human aging process.

1. Aerobic Exercise Could Help Improve Memory in Older Adults

In a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, a team at McMaster University found that older adults who participated in high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts experienced up to 30% improvements in short-term memory, while participants in moderate-intensity exercise did not experience the same outcomes. The study group included older adults between the ages of 60 and 88 who exercised three times a week for 12 weeks.

“It’s never too late to get the brain benefits of being physically active, but if you are starting late and want to see results fast, our research suggests you may need to increase the intensity of your exercise,” says Dr. Jennifer Heisz, an associate professor in the department of Kinesiology at McMaster University and lead author of the study.

2. The Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation for Older Adults

French researchers reviewed the effects of cardiovascular exercise on older adults in an attempt to compare the effects of a cardiac rehabilitation program for…

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