Introduction: The age-related decline of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity is a well-known risk factor for adverse cardiovascular outcomes that can be prevented through regular physical activity (PA) but PA engagement remains too low in older adults. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of a 9-month brisk walking training on the ANS activity assessed through the measure of heart rate variability (HRV).
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In recent decades, increasingly greying societies have been noticed in industrialized nations. The rise in medical care necessary to manage the health of this aging population will ensue huge financial burdens on the healthcare system. The increase of age-specific diseases, compounded by declines in neuromuscular performance constitute two key reasons for a rise in the medical care of older people. Current scientific knowledge reveals that a consequence of aging is the loss of muscle mass and thus, a decrease in maximum and explosive strength.
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