Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults

Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults

For older adults, ages 65 and older, The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology recommends the following guidelines.

Physical Activity Guidelines

  • 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous intense aerobic physical activity every week in bouts of 10 minutes or more
    • Those with poor mobility should perform activities to enhance balance and prevent falls
    • Try to add muscle and bone strengthening activities at least 2 days per week
  • What type of activities should older adults be doing?
  • Moderate Intensity Physical Activities
    • Brisk Walking
    • Bicycling
    • Aqua exercises
  • Vigorous Intensity Physical Activities
    • Swimming
    • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Download Full PDF: Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults

What are the benefits?

  • Reduces the risk of
    • Heart disease
    • High blood pressure
  • Maintain functional independence
  • Maintain mobility
  • Improve fitness and body composition
  • Maintain bone health
  • Maintain mental health

Promoting Physical Activity for Older Adults

Go for a brisk walk around the block after lunch, take the dog for a walk after dinner, or try a new sport! Join a local community center for group classes such as Zumba or yoga. There are so many ways to get some physical activity, you just have to put your mind to it and you’re off!

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