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Spring 2008,
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LIKE PROF. DAVID DOCHERTY TELLS SENIORS WHO ATTEND HIS POPULAR TALKS: you’re never too old for strength training.

He encourages older people to develop a balanced training program that involves weights and other resistance systems like Thera-bands. The advantages are increased bone density, aerobic fitness, strength and endurance. Better “core” strength helps lower back pain. Type II diabetes can be prevented or controlled with a regular routine of reps and sets. Best of all, it can mean a longer life of independence.

“Many older people believe they won’t benefit from some form of strength training,”­­­ says Docherty. “A lot of research shows they can and do respond. Studies show that older adults can improve strength which increases their independence and quality of life.”

Docherty, with the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, is a regular participant in the UVic Speakers Bureau.

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