The more you move, the better you'll feel!
And the better you feel, the more you'll feel like moving!
To achieve health benefits and improve function abililties, Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults recommends that adults aged 65 and older should accumulate 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity a week. Even 10 minutes of activity at a time, if done on a regular basis, will help improve your health.
Did you know that active older adults tend to stay more independent?
Being physically active at any age can help improve strength, stamina, self-esteem, balance, posture, and mobility. On the other hand, not being active puts older adults at greater risk for some chronic diseases and also increases their risk for falls. So to stay independent as an older adult it is important that you get 'in motion' and include gentle lifting, carrying, stretching and walking activities into your daily routine.
Getting 'in motion' doesn't have to be too difficult. Some simple ideas include walking to the grocery store, using the stairs in your home, gardening, volunteering at a local school, or even joining a walking club. If you don't know how to start, choose a first step that is enjoyable and easy for you.