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Physical Activity for Older Adults 65 years and older

This page contains information and resources that you can use to increase your physical activity.

What are Canadian physical activity recommendations for older adults (ages 65+)?

  • Researchers say older adults should accumulate 150 minutes (2 ½ hours) of moderate- to vigorous-activity every week to stay healthy or improve your health.
  • Add up your activities during the day in periods of at least 10 minutes each.
  • At least twice a week include activities that strengthen muscle and bone such as weight training, jumping and playing tennis.
  • Including activities to promote balance and flexibility can help prevent falls.  These activities might include stretching, yoga or walking on uneven trails.
  • More is better!
  • Definitions
    • Moderate physical activity will cause adults to sweat a little and breathe harder.  Activities like: brisk walking and bike riding
    • Vigorous physical activity will cause adults to sweat and be ‘out of breath’.  Activities like: swimming and cross-country skiing

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What do I need to know as an older adult who is physically active?

  • If you have not been active, then start with activities you can easily built into your daily routine.
  • Add up your physical activities during the day. Activities can last 10 minutes or more.  Your goal is to have at least 150 minutes (2 ½ hours) of activity each week.
  • Begin with activities that you can do comfortably -listen to your body.
  • Don’t try to do too much at once.
  • Talk to your family practitioner if you have any medical issues (heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, etc.).
  • Get falls prevention tips.

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What physical activity resources and services are promoted by Halton Region Health Department?

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