Associations of Body Composition and Physical Activity with Balance and Walking Ability in the Elderly

  title={Associations of Body Composition and Physical Activity with Balance and Walking Ability in the Elderly},
  author={Maija Hassinen and Pirjo Komulainen and Timo A. Lakka and Sari B. V{\"a}is{\"a}nen and Rainer Rauramaa},
  journal={Journal of Physical Activity and Health},
Background: The epidemic of sedentary lifestyle and obesity increases the risk of disability with aging. We studied the relationships of body composition, physical activity, and muscular fitness with balance and walking ability. Methods: Men and women, age 70 to 74 y (n = 146), were randomly selected from the Finnish population register. Body composition [body weight, bodymass index (BMI), waist circumference], physical activity (questionnaire), muscular fitness (hand-grip strength), balance… 

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