Tips & tools
Older Adults 65+

Choose activities that you enjoy and feel safe doing. Try to choose activities that make your heart and lungs work hard (aerobic activities). These activities use large muscle groups for a long period of time. Brisk walking, running, swimming and riding a bike all make our hearts and lungs stronger.  Aim to build up to 150 minutes a week of moderate- to vigorous- intensity aerobic activity.  Try to do physical activities for at least 10 minutes at a time.

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Moderate intensity means that you can have a conversation
but not sing along to a song while being active.

Physical activities that make muscles and bones stronger should be done 2 to 3 times each week. These include activities like yoga and lifting weights.

To reduce sedentary time try not to sit for more than two hours at a time.

Sedentary time is when we sit or don't move much. Working at the computer, reading and driving are all sedentary. Even if you are physically active, you need to make sure you don't sit too much! Sitting too much means that you may be more likely to develop diabetes, heart disease or cancer.

Tips & tools to get "in motion" and reduce sedentary time
Stand up while talking on the phone Try geocaching - a modern day treasure hunt. Need a GPS unit - no problem!
Love to read? Set an alarm for a 5 minute break every 25 minutes to move your body Try some stretches between your favourite shows or during commercial breaks
Carry your own groceries as much as possible Make a routine - set aside a specific time to be active
Try taking the stairs as much as you can Try a new activity like Pickle Ball
Join an older adult exercise class Walk inside your local mall when the weather is bad

Turn any room into a gym by downloading the circuit posters.

How to

Warm-Up

Strength & Endurance

Balance

Flexibility

Download Stretching from head to toe from the Heart and Stroke Foundation to get started.

Did You Know? In motion has an older adult exercise DVD.
It is now available in French and English. View it here.