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Effect of a sand or firm-surface walking program on health, strength, and fitness in women 60-75 years old.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19451668     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The effects of 8 wk of soft-sand (n = 19) and firm-surface walking (n = 19) on blood lipids, submaximal fitness (8-min walk at 4.5 km/hr), and leg strength in elderly (60+ yr), sedentary women were studied. Significant main time effects (p < .005) were found for blood lipids. The surface interaction effect for high-density lipoprotein approached significance (p = .052), with a tendency for higher levels in the sand group postintervention (p = .06). Neither group reported significant differences across time for submaximal oxygen consumption (p = .223), but a greater percentage reduction in heart-rate response to the 8-min walk was reported in the sand group (p = .016). Knee strength did not change in either group, whereas hip strength significantly improved in both groups (p = .0001), with larger effect sizes reported in the sand group. Overall, both groups showed improvements in blood lipids, fitness, and strength, with strength changes being slightly higher in the sand-walking group.
Kimberley Morrison; Rebecca A Braham; Brian Dawson; Kym Guelfi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of aging and physical activity     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1063-8652     ISO Abbreviation:  J Aging Phys Act     Publication Date:  2009 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-19     Completed Date:  2009-08-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9415639     Medline TA:  J Aging Phys Act     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  196-209     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Energy Metabolism
Exercise / physiology
Exercise Test
Health Status
Heart Rate
Lipids / blood
Middle Aged
Muscle Strength / physiology*
Oxygen Consumption / physiology
Physical Fitness / physiology*
Program Development
Program Evaluation*
Silicon Dioxide*
Walking / physiology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Lipids; 7631-86-9/Silicon Dioxide

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