This article originally appeared in VA Research Currents.
It’s no secret that regular exercise is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and is recommended for everyone, including elderly adults. For people with PTSD, research looking at exercise has shown benefits to quality of life and physical well-being.
But it’s unclear whether working out impacts PTSD symptoms, specifically. And little research has focused directly on the benefits of exercise on older people with PTSD, including Veterans, according to Dr. Katherine Hall, a research health scientist at the Durham VA Health Care System in North Carolina.
Hall thus launched a pilot study to learn if increased physical activity among older Vets with PTSD will help ease their symptoms. Veterans with PTSD have been shown to have low rates of exercise, and many report that they don’t work out at all.
The heart of the study is a supervised 12-week exercise plan called the “Warrior Wellness” program. It consists of activities focusing on strength, flexibility, balance and endurance training.
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