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As we age, physical activity helps us attain our goals, maintain our functioning and promote comfort.

The videos below include strength, balance and flexibility exercises, which can help prevent falls and hip fractures. In addition, routine exercise can help prevent heart disease, reduce arthritis pain, and improve mood, sleep and blood sugar control, in addition to many other health promoting effects. 

The strength training exercises in these videos can be done using a resistance band or small handheld weights. If you feel either pain or exhaustion after doing a session, do fewer exercises and fewer repetitions. You can add repetitions and exercises as you build your strength.

Standing Exercises for Older Adults (Narrator: Dawna Pidgeon, PT)

This appropriate for those older adults who can stand with minimal support.

Seated Exercises for Older Adults (Narrator: Dawna Pidgeon, PT)

This appropriate for those older adults who cannot stand or who need support when standing.

If you prefer not to follow a video, this instruction sheet (PDF) provides several daily exercises appropriate for older adults who can stand with minimal or no support.

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