Benefits of Physical Activity for Older Adults
As people age, there is a lot to gain from being physically active. It plays a very important role in your quality of life, well being, and health.
Being active for at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous- intensity aerobic physical activity per week can provide many BENEFITS for older adults aged 65 years and older:
- Maintain functional independence
- Better balance
- Maintain mobility
- Maintain bone health
- Better fitness
- Maintain or improve weight control
- Feel better
- Maintain mental health
Being active can also help you reduce your risk of injuries and illnesses such as:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Adult-onset diabetes
- Some cancers
- Premature death
Keeping yourself active is a vital part of living a healthy life!
Remember, it is never too late to get active.
Abilities may vary given age and health status. It is important to talk to your healthcare provider prior to beginning a new physical activity program.
Information from/adapted from the following References:
- Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. (2011). Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults – 65 Years and Older. Retrieved April 29th, 2011 from http://www.csep.ca/english/view.asp?x=804
- ParticipACTION. (2011). Adults 65 and older. Benefits of Physical Activity. Retrieved July 7th, 2011 from http://www.participaction.com/en-us/Get-Informed/Benefits-of-Physical-Activity.aspx
- Public Health Agency of Canada. (2011). Physical activity tips for older adults (65 years and older). Tips to Get Active. Physical Activity. Retrieved April 29th, 2011 from http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-ps/hl-mvs/pa-ap/08paap-eng.php
Last Reviewed Dec 2011