Bad weather. No time. Too tired.Those were the most cited reasons inthe study for not exercising. Physicalactivity, however, can be inside,take only a few minutes and beenergizing.
If you’re a mature adult trying tobe more active, a good place to startis with a local walking group, saysJudith Down, director of the AlbertaCentre for Active Living. Or find aneighbour or colleague to share abrisk walk with after lunch each day.
Dancing, curling, swimming,skiing, bird watching and lawnbowling are also ways to be active.
Mixing up activities keepsboredom at bay and reaps themost benefits. Try a combinationof walking for endurance, yoga forflexibility and bone strength, andweight training for muscle strengthand balance.
You can still exercise with achronic condition such as arthritis,or health problems such as a strokeor bone fracture—just be sure to seeyour health-care professional beforestarting a new activity or program.
No matter what your age, youcan make exercise a priority and aregular part of your life. It’s never toolate to feel healthier and younger.
— Dawna Freeman
For more information and ideas aboutactive living, visit centre4activeliving.ca.
Active living helps prevent fallsPhysically strong seniors have better balance, and are less likely to fall. They also have abetter 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 Agencysays 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 reducedependence on others,” says Graham Matsalla, health promotion facilitator with AlbertaHealth Services’ Provincial Physical Activity Promotion Team. “It’s also critical to help usmaintain our quality of life as we age.”To help prevent falls and live an independent and active life, choose simple activities that:•;Include;balance,;coordination,;muscle;and;core;strengthening•;Can;be;modified;for;sitting,;standing,;or;using;a;cane;or;other;mobility;aid•;Relate;to;day-to-day;activities,;so;you;can;see;how;they;apply;to;daily;routines;you;enjoy.
For;fall;prevention;programs;and;services;in;your;area,;call;Health;Linktoll-free at 811.