Even a small amount of exercise can help you live longer and healthier. As we get older, we tend to decrease the amount of time we exercise. Most seniors in B.C. would benefit from as little as ten minutes of physical activity, three times a day.
Physical activity can improve your mental health, help you manage chronic diseases, and help to prevent illness and disability. In the long run, it will also give you more energy, increase your self-confidence and help you stay independent.
What Kinds of Exercise are Best?
There are many exercise programs developed especially for seniors. It's important to choose an exercise that is both enjoyable for you and safe.
Low-impact activities like walking, hiking, swimming, and water aerobics or aquafit classes (instructor-led exercise classes in a swimming pool) are great choices.
Community and seniors' centres often provide exercise programs tailored to the needs and abilities of seniors.
The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) lists a number of exercises designed for seniors. For more information, see:
Always talk to your doctor or health care provider before changing your exercise routine.
Finding an activity that motivates you will help you stick to your exercise routine. Sign up for a class, join a walking or running group, or make plans with an exercise buddy. Or, consider training for a local sporting event or the 55+ BC Games. This will not only keep you focused, but it will also help you make social connections and stay engaged in your community.
- Learn more about the 55+ BC Games.
Exercise & Chronic Health Conditions
While it is important to keep active even if you’re experiencing a chronic health condition, there are some precautions and exercises to be aware of.
- Cancer & Physical Activity
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease & Physical Activity
- Congestive Heart Failure & Physical Activity
- Hypertension & Physical Activity
- Kidney Disorders & Physical Activity
- Type 2 Diabetes & Physical Activity
- Osteofit classes are offered in many B.C. communities. Osteofit is designed for people with osteoporosis and osteopenia, and those at risk of falling.
More Physical Activity Resources
Seniors' Community Parks
There are 18 Seniors' Community Parks throughout B.C. that provide free outdoor recreation equipment. Equipment is designed for older adults to improve flexibility, coordination, and balance.
Move for Life DVD
Move for Life is a physical activity DVD featuring simple exercise routines that can be done at home.
Physical Activity Services at HealthLink BC
Physical Activity Services at HealthLink BC is a free service that connects you with health professionals and community health and fitness programs.
• Call toll-free: 8-1-1. Service is available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.:
Or visit the website Physical Activity Services at HealthLink BC