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An elastic band exercise programme improves functional fitness in older adults
  1. Barbara Wessner
  1. Centre for Sport Science and University Sports, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  1. Correspondence to Dr Barbara Wessner, Centre for Sport Science and University Sports & Research Platform Active Ageing, University of Vienna, Auf der Schmelz 6, Vienna A-1150, Austria; barbara.wessner{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Elastic band exercises are effective in enhancing physical performance of elderly.

  • Considering the individual stage of readiness to change fitness behaviour might be an important factor of success during exercise interventions.

  • More tightly controlled studies are needed to verify whether the inclusion of stage-specific strategies is superior to a traditional exercise programme.


Age-associated loss of skeletal muscle mass and function not only affects the ability to perform activities of daily living but increases the risks of morbidity and mortality in the elderly.1 It is recommended that older adults should engage in a …

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