Task-oriented exercise to reduce activities of daily living disability in vulnerable older adults: A feasibility study of the 3-step workout for life

Chiung Ju Liu, Leah Y. Jones, Alyssa R.M. Formyduval, Daniel O. Clark

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The purpose of this feasibility study was to evaluate the 3-Step Workout for Life program, a 10-week exercise program that included moderateintensity muscle strength training followed by task-oriented training. Fourteen participants completed the program (mean age = 73 years; SD = 6.83). The Box and Block test (Z = -2.24, p = .03) and the 30-s chair stand test (Z = -2.21, p = .03) indicate improved physical functioning of the upper and lower extremities. More importantly, results of the function component from the Late-Life Function and Disability Instrument (Z = -2.04, p = .04) and motor skills scale from the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (Z = -2.97, p = .003) indicate subjective and objective improvements on performing activities of daily living. Supplementing moderate-intensity muscle strength exercise with taskoriented training components is feasible. Preliminary data support the effectiveness of 3-Step Workout for Life in reducing late-life disability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)384-392
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2016



  • Activities Of Daily Living
  • Aging In Place
  • Exercise
  • Intervention Studies
  • Muscle Strength

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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