ECU Joondalup exercise study needs overweight older adult participants

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PARTICIPANTS are needed for an exercise study in older adults to start in late August.

ECU postgraduate masters student Fina Rohadhia said researchers were looking for overweight participants aged 60 to 80 years who have been clinically diagnosed with impaired lipid profiles such as high cholesterol and high triglycerides.

“Previous studies have shown the benefits of eccentric exercise for the overall health and wellbeing of older adults,” she said.

“We would like to further investigate the effects of eccentric resistance training exercise on physical health and fitness of older adults, particularly on cardio-metabolic markers such as lipid profiles and blood sugar level, as well as strength and functional physical fitness.

“This information will help to inform the development of an intervention to promote the benefits of eccentric exercise on overall health and wellbeing of older adults.”

Participation will involve an eight-week eccentric resistance training program on weight machines, under supervision of an accredited exercise scientist, at the Vario Exercise Clinic in Joondalup for two sessions per week at no cost.

Participants will also receive free blood analysis, body composition scans and functional physical fitness assessments.

Contact Fina on 0450 755 758 or w.rohadhia@ecu.edu.au.