Bad weather. No time. Too tired.
Those were the most cited reasons in
the study for not exercising. Physical
activity, however, can be inside,
take only a few minutes and be
If you’re a mature adult trying to
be more active, a good place to start
is with a local walking group, says
Judith Down, director of the Alberta
Centre for Active Living. Or find a
neighbour or colleague to share a
brisk walk with after lunch each day.
Dancing, curling, swimming,
skiing, bird watching and lawn
bowling are also ways to be active.
Mixing up activities keeps
boredom at bay and reaps the
most benefits. Try a combination
of walking for endurance, yoga for
flexibility and bone strength, and
weight training for muscle strength
You can still exercise with a
chronic condition such as arthritis,
or health problems such as a stroke
or bone fracture—just be sure to see
your health-care professional before
starting a new activity or program.
No matter what your age, you
can make exercise a priority and a
regular part of your life. It’s never too
late to feel healthier and younger.
— Dawna Freeman
For more information and ideas about
active living, visit centre4activeliving.ca.
Active living helps prevent falls
Physically strong seniors have better balance, and are less likely to fall. They also have a
better chance of avoiding or recovering from a fall-related injury.
Falls put older adults at risk of injury, disability and death. Canada’s Public Health Agency
says falls account for 40 per cent of all nursing home admissions among Canadian seniors.
“Being active helps us maintain mobility and balance, increase confidence and reduce
dependence on others,” says Graham Matsalla, health promotion facilitator with Alberta
Health Services’ Provincial Physical Activity Promotion Team. “It’s also critical to help us
maintain our quality of life as we age.”
To help prevent falls and live an independent and active life, choose simple activities that:
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