In a 2013 survey on physical activityby the Alberta Centre for ActiveLiving, 89 per cent of Albertans saidthey know regular physical activitywill reduce their chances of gettinga serious health problem. Yet only 59per cent of adults are active enough toachieve any health benefits, and only35 per cent of those over 65 years oldare physically active.
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 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 aboutactive living, visit centre4activeliving.ca.
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