Exercise and Physical Activity: Getting Fit For Life
walking on a treadmill at the local community centre, I knew
I'd be happier outside. So, I got a step counter and started
walking in my neighbourhood. Since then, I've seen yellow
tulips bloom in spring and red and amber leaves drop in
autumn. I always come home with more energy and happy to go
on with the rest of the day.” Marian (age 77)
“Both my wife and I have heart
problems. About 2 years ago, we joined our local health
club, where we do both endurance and strength training
exercises. On the off days, we walk near our house. It’s
been life-saving for us.” Bob (age 78)
These older adults are living proof
that exercise and physical activity are good for you, no
matter how old you are. In fact, staying active can help
Keep and improve your strength so
you can stay independent.
Have more energy to do the things
you want to do.
Improve your balance.
Prevent or delay some diseases
like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Perk up your mood and help reduce
You don’t need to buy special clothes
or belong to a gym to become more active. Physical activity
can and should be part of your everyday life. Find things
you like to do. Go for brisk walks. Ride a bike. Dance. Work
around the house. Garden. Climb stairs. Swim. Rake leaves.
Try different kinds of activities that keep you moving. Look
for new ways to build physical activity into your daily
Source: National Institute on Aging
Part 1: Exercise For Life
Part 2: Four Ways to Keep Active
Part 3: Safety Tips for Exercise