3 tips to get active in your golden years

by | May 7, 2023 | Health and Wellness

Staying active as you grow older is one of the best ways to ward off age-related ailments such as disease, muscle and joint pain, and feelings of isolation, depression or anxiety.

Experts have long known about the connection between activity and longevity, and with 2021 census data revealing one in five Canadians is 65 or older, there are a lot of us who could benefit from putting our best foot forward. Your family, and our health-care system, will thank you.

Here are some tips to help you stay active:

Take advantage of everyday opportunities
Listen to your body and find ways to incorporate activity into your routine. You can try taking the stairs more often instead of the elevator, carrying your groceries further to your car or looking for group fitness classes in your community. Many municipalities and community centres offer free or discounted classes for seniors.

Go for cardio and strength
Once you’re up for it, head to the gym to take part in at least 2.5 hours of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity each week. Try using a treadmill, stationary bike, swimming or playing sports. Add muscle and bone strengthening activities at least twice a week using appropriate resistance such as light weights or bands.

Get out with a buddy
Every step counts so it’s a sound idea to walk whenever and wherever you can. One of the best ways to stick to a walking routine is to go with someone else. Many people also do best with a dog by their side. Dogs of all shapes and sizes need daily exercise to keep them mentally and physically healthy too, so your very own pooch will get you out pounding the pavement regularly.

If you’re thinking of buying or adopting a dog – especially one from abroad – take the time to properly research where you might get the dog from. Ask questions about the dog’s history and health status, what veterinary care they’ve had and what paperwork and health records are provided. Before bringing a dog into Canada from another country, familiarize yourself with the disease risks of that region and ensure you meet the specific import requirements to bring it into Canada.

There’s no right way to stay active as you age, but there are plenty of ideas out there. For some, a furry friend might just be all the motivation you need.

Find more information to make an informed decision about getting a dog at inspection.gc.ca/dog-decision.

Related Content

Top tips to help older adults improve their oral health

Top tips to help older adults improve their oral health

Today’s seniors can expect to keep most, if not all, of their natural teeth as they age thanks to healthier lifestyles and advances in oral and medical care. But keeping those teeth healthy can be a challenge. Restricted mobility, cognitive impairments and medications...

read more
Tips for staying healthy as you age

Tips for staying healthy as you age

Embracing the wisdom that comes with age can be a rewarding experience. With age comes the advantage of knowledge and life experiences. You may find yourself better equipped to make important life decisions and, hopefully, have the means to pursue your passions. Here...

read more
Dry mouth: When drinking more water isn’t enough

Dry mouth: When drinking more water isn’t enough

A sticky, dry mouth is more than an uncomfortable feeling. Occasional dry mouth from nervousness or dehydration goes away with a glass of water. But if your mouth is often dry, your tongue is sticking to the roof of your mouth, and it is difficult to chew, swallow and...

read more
Gingivitis: A red flag you can’t ignore

Gingivitis: A red flag you can’t ignore

Gingivitis, a common form of gum disease, silently affects seven in 10 Canadians during their lifetime. Caused by harmful bacteria in dental plaque, this mild infection lurks below the gum line, leading to red, swollen gums, tenderness, bleeding and bad breath. Often...

read more
5 tips for managing allergies this season

5 tips for managing allergies this season

Many of us dread the uncomfortable itching and sneezing of seasonal allergies. Roughly one in every five Canadians deals with allergic rhinitis – what we typically call hay fever – according to the Canadian Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Foundation. Here are five tips...

read more
How to protect yourself from the growing risk of floods

How to protect yourself from the growing risk of floods

Fuelled by climate change, population growth and urban development, flooding is a growing issue in Canada. Severe weather events can lead to floods, which, according to the overwhelming scientific evidence, are likely to become more frequent or more intense with...

read more