Researchers at Yale studied nearly 200 frail seniors and discovered that those who performed simple at home exercises regained a lot of strength and became more independent. Specifically, there was a 45% reduction in disability among the exercise group after seven months.
They were also less likely to be admitted to a nursing home and had fewer injuries from falls than the control group who didn't work out. So, what was the workout? A test of balance.
In an exercise routine that lasted 10 to 15 minutes, and also had some muscle training with elastic bands a few times a week. The study was conducted at Yale and is published in the October 3rd issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The study was funded by the National Institute on Aging through the Yale Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center.