Why intensity is not a bad word: Optimizing health status at any age

Academic Article


  • Age-related declines in health and function make locomotion increasingly difficult leading to reductions in non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT), skeletal muscle size and strength, and increased adiposity. Exercise is an important strategy to attenuate loss of function through the life cycle. Despite claims to the contrary, high-intensity exercise is important for the prevention of obesity and sarcopenia with advancing age. Therefore, the purpose of this mini-review is to present literature supporting the contention that low volume, high-intensity aerobic and/or resistance training can slow sarcopenia, sustain ease of movement, stimulate NEAT, and attenuate the accretion of fat mass.
  • Published In

  • Clinical Nutrition  Journal
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    Author List

  • Hunter GR; Plaisance EP; Carter SJ; Fisher G
  • Start Page

  • 56
  • End Page

  • 60
  • Volume

  • 37
  • Issue

  • 1