Over the last couple of months, our team has been plugging away at the background work for starting a pilot randomized controlled trial. We are looking at the safety, feasibility and effectiveness of using a higher intensity exercise program for persons who are at risk of future disability compared to a lower intensity program. The term, pre-clinical or pre-frailty, is a condition where we are still able to do everything independently but we are starting to slow down or modify our activities in order to accomplish them.
The best example for preclinical disability is getting up from a chair. Could you get up from a chair without using the arms? Or are they now necessary?
The trial is set to start up in January and we are currently collecting names to see who would be eligible to enrol. The program is 2x/week for 12 weeks and enrolment is free.
For me this is such an exciting time, this is the reason why I started my doctoral studies. To do this type of work, see if it works, try to show the benefit that I see every day in the gym and clinic. And be open to changing my mind if it shows to not work.
In my mind this work is important. Our society is seeing more persons who are living well into their 80s and 90s. We want our parents, siblings, grandparents, ourselves to live long happy and healthy lives.
Exercise to stay healthy isn’t a new concept. But the idea of using it as a therapy for chronic disease management is just starting to pick up steam.
If you’re interested in enrolling in the trial or know someone who is you can email myself or my supervisor with any questions
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