As a new year begins, it’s an ideal time to establish healthier habits for the future. For most, making time for physical activity, even a few times a week, can be greatly beneficial for overall health, but this is especially true for older adults.
Regular exercise has been shown to increase cognitive function, prevent many common diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, improve mood, strengthen bones and even reduce risk of dangerous falls. Despite the benefits, data from ParticipACTION shows that only 15% of 65-79-year-old adults living in Canada achieve the recommended 150 minutes of weekly physical activity.
No matter age, fitness level or restrictions, there are countless ways for each and every person to increase their physical health. Consider beginning with low impact exercises like walking, yoga or water aerobics or be a little more adventurous and try an aerobics class or strength training workout. Every little bit is helpful to strengthen the mind and body.
To avoid feeling overwhelmed at the thought of starting a new exercise routine, start slowly and work your way towards at least one activity a few times a week. Some ideas include:
No matter your age, increasing physical activity and focusing on active aging can help you live a longer, healthier and more independent life. This year, find new ways to achieve your health goals. For more information on how to get started, visit