Top tips to stay active as you age

(NC) For the first time in history, there are more Canadians over the age of 65 than there are under 15. But if you haven’t noticed a difference, it’s not surprising. Today, people are no longer content with letting age dictate what they can and cannot do. We want to be proactive about our lives and our health — to keep active, try new things and stay independent for as long as possible.

Tips like these, combined with input from the right professionals such as physicians, dietitians, and physiotherapists can help you age powerfully, not just comfortably.

Every step counts. No matter your age, health or physical ability, staying active is one of the best things we can do to maintain a high quality of life. Physical activity is proven to help prevent chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and many cancers. It may not seem important at the moment, but even small changes to our routines can go a long way toward maintaining our independence and well-being in the years to come.

If you’re having trouble getting motivated, just remember every step counts. Two and a half hours of physical activity each week is a great target. If you’re having difficulty reaching it, start with 10-minute sessions and add on a few minutes every time. Try exercises you enjoy, like swimming or bicycling. Group activities such as Nordic walking, jogging, and spin class are great ways to hold a commitment to friends or instructors.

Get a helping hand. To help you get started, there are lots of great resources online that can provide information about staying active and the exercise equipment needed to do so. For instance, to help Canadians take charge of the way they age, Shoppers Drug Mart recently launched their website It offers everything from sleep therapy to low-impact fitness and physiotherapy products, as well as supports and braces, mobility products, and tools and gadgets to stay active and well. You can even set up subscriptions for products you purchase on a regular basis.

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