Prescribing exercise improves women's quality of life
Exercise prescriptions increases physical activity and improves quality of life in middle aged women, according to a research team in New Zealand.
A two-year study of 1,089 women aged 40 to 74 found that as the trial period progressed, more women were achieving at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity five times a week.
At baseline, 10% of intervention participants achieved the target, which rose to 43% after 12 months and 39.3% after 24 months, compared to 30% and 32.8% in the control group, respectively.
There were no significant differences in clinical outcomes, but after 24 months both physical and mental functioning were significantly improved in women given exercise on prescription.