Religious Scripture could be the secret to fitness success for certain elderly communities, according to a pilot study on faith-based exercise. The Bible is not customarily listed among the great fitness manifestos of our time, but researchers at UCLA found that for people who are religious, preaching exercise as a form of praise and prayer may the key to motivating the elderly to stay fit. Researchers used 45-minute weekly exercise sessions in tandem with 45 minute exercise education lessons incorporating positive reinforcement, Scripture readings, and group prayer, in hopes of increasing overall activity levels among 62 elderly black women in a Los Angeles community over an eight-week period.

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