Mobility limitation, defined as difficulty walking 2-3 blocks or climbing 10 steps, affects nearly 30% of community-dwelling older adults and has a profound impact on independent functioning.
Emerging evidence suggests that mobility limitation may result from high energy requirements during walking, which may also lead to high levels of fatigue during walking and activity restriction to avoid fatigue.
Targeted excercise may be able to reduce the energy requirements of walking thereby reducing fatigue and increasing daily activity.
The Healthy Steps team will evaluate the effect of three different 12-week exercise programs on walking in older adults. The exercise programs include:
1) Outdoor walking
2) Stretching and relaxation techniques
3) Stepping and walking pattern practice
The HealthySteps team will assess participants before beginning their program, immediately after their program ends, and three months later. All exercise programs and assessments will occur on site at CHHM, led by certified instructors and trained research staff.