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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Working out with a safe and sensible exercise DVD can do a senior good. At the University of Illinois, Edward McAuley tested a DVD program that focused on flexibility, toning and balance.

McAuley says most of the 307 seniors stayed with it over the six months of the study, and did about as much work as the program required.  And he says physical tests showed they wound up in better shape.

"For older adults, coupling aerobic activity like brisk walking with activities that improve flexibility, strength and balance, are likely to reap the greatest physical and mental health benefits."

The study in Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: April 9, 2013