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Falls Across the Lifespan - Older Adults

Physical Activity

Keeping physically active strengthens your body and improves your health.  It also helps you to feel good about yourself. Getting at least 150min of physical activity every week will help you to stay strong, be flexible, and keep your balance and coordination.

Here are some things you can do to be physically active:

  • Practice balance exercises such as tai chi or yoga 
  • Lift weights
  • Take a walk once a day
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.
  • Join an exercise class or walking group
  • Walk or cycle for short trips to the store, to get mail, or to visit family and friends.
  • Try swimming, or water aerobics for activities that are less weight bearing and may be easier on your joints

Physical activity guidelines for older adults (PDF)