Supports and Barriers to Older Adult Physical Activity
The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults offers some strategies for overcoming common barriers to physical activity. The Guidelines can be ordered by calling the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiologists at 1-877-651-3755 or visit www.csep.ca.
What if I am too tired to get started?
Many of us feel that way, but most people who become physically active say that physical activity helps them feel better and gives them more energy.
The key is to choose activities that you enjoy because it will motivate you. For example:
What if I’ve worked hard my whole life and now just want to relax?
Being active can help you relax and prolong your independence. Staying active is important to your physical and mental health in your retirement years. It is important to choose things that you like to do and join activities with people you like to be with. For example:
What if I don’t have much time?
It is best to choose activities that you like and build them into your daily routine. As long as you choose activities from each of the three groups – endurance, flexibility, and strength and balance – your program will give you health benefits, improved function and improved quality of life.
Top 10 Barriers to Activity for
top 10 barriers to activity for Older Adults:
Source: The Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute