Over 65s wanted for research

Honestly, it is not as bad as it sounds! Bath University is running a study looking at life under lockdown. Specifically how effective the various suggested exercise routines are likely to be.

To take part in the study you need to :

  • be aged 65 or over
  • be free from musculoskeletal injuries
  • not be currently engaging in another form of regular exercise, be it recreational sports or structured exercise at home (once a week or more)

The researchers are concerned that prolonged periods of inactivity and reduced physical activity could have long-term negative effects on older age groups. To guard against that, they suggest it is essential that older adults find practical and effective ways to maintain strength and balance during lockdown.

By running this study they hope to understand more about how homebased exercise. In particular ‘exercise snacking’, Tai-chi, and the standard NHS guidance on home fitness. Are these suggestions actually effective when it comes to maintaining, and even improving, function and mental wellbeing?

The research will be conducted online using remote surveys and video calling, and all participants will be asked to undertake a four-week exercise programme. At the end of the study, individuals will have access to all resources for each exercise programme and will learn about ways to exercise to improve muscle strength.

To find out more about the study and contact the research team if you are interested in taking part, please visit: https://www.bath.ac.uk/campaigns/understanding-how-home-based-exercise-can-help-older-adults-stay-healthy-during-covid-19-lockdown/

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