By Gonçalo Nuno Figueiredo Dias, Micael Santos Couceiro

This publication offers an research of lively growing old and actual task from a multidisciplinary point of view. With descriptions of routines, correctly illustrated with images, this e-book indicates that common actual job reduces the superiority of continual illnesses linked to getting old, in addition to the danger of morbidity and mortality of the aged. It confirms that workout courses reduce the psychomotor decline, hinder the lack of performance, lack of ability and dementia, and foster major profits in health and wellbeing and future health, resulting in elevated caliber of lifetime of the elderly.

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This battery is useful to measure the musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory and neurological abilities of the elderly, taking into account the evaluation of physical parameters, such as cardio-respiratory capacity, muscular strength, flexibility, agility and body composition. A brief description of the Fullerton battery is herein presented, highlighting some of the tests used to assess the functional physical fitness of the elderly (Baptista and Sardinha 2005; Dias et al. 2013): 1. Stand up and sit down in the chair: number of executions over 30 s without using the arms—allows to assess the strength and endurance of the lower limbs; 2.

Lee and Skerrett 2001). However, it is possible to establish a link between a slight increase in the physical activity, like increasing one additional hour a week of walking, and a reduced risk of mortality (Oguma et al. 2004). In this line of thought, consider that physical activity with low energy expenditure in older adults, aged between 70 and 82, significantly reduces the risk of mortality (32%). Also, Slentz et al. (2007) assessed the minimum level of physical activity required to maintain metabolic health, concluding that a volume of 13 km/week of physical activity, such as walking, would be enough for the elderly to keep the weight balanced (Matsudo et al.

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