The more physical activity you do, the better you feel and the greater the health benefits.
Remaining physically active also reduces your risk of falling by making your joints more flexible, strengthening your bones and muscles, and as well, improving your balance.
Want to know how you can become more active in 3 easy steps?
Step 1: Check with your doctor if...
The Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire called the PAR-Q and You tool is a resource that will assist you in deciding if you should be talking with your doctor before you increase your physical activity level.
Step2: Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults- 65 Years and Older
Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults- 65 Years and Older recommends that healthy older adults accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate-to vigorous- intensity aerobic activity per week. This can be achieved in segments of 10 minutes or more. To download a copy of the guidelines visit www.csep.ca/guidelines.
Step 3: Now the fun begins...
Start slow and listen to your body. Build up your physical activity level. Every minute counts, so try incorporating physical activity into your schedule 10 minutes at a time. If you have any questions consult your health care provider.
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