For adults aged 65 years and older, physical activity increases mobility, independence and quality of life and provides protection from injuries due to falls. The recommended level of physical activity applies to all adults aged 65 years and older who do not have a suspected or diagnosed medical condition. Refer to the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults (65 years and older) for more information.
Consider the following for older adult participants:
- Tell them to listen to their body.
- Gradually increase length of time and the amount of effort put into being active.
- Add muscle and bone strengthening activities to help with posture and balance.
For older adults with frailty, a disability or medical condition; however, they should consult a health professional to understand the types and amounts of physical activity appropriate for them based on their exercise capacity and specific health risks or limitations.