In a 2013 survey on physical activity
by the Alberta Centre for Active
Living, 89 per cent of Albertans said
they know regular physical activity
will reduce their chances of getting
a serious health problem. Yet only 59
per cent of adults are active enough to
achieve any health benefits, and only
35 per cent of those over 65 years old
are physically active.
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 reenergizing.
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
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 and balance.
You can still exercise with a chronic
condition such as arthritis, or health
problems such as a stoke 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.
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