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A positive step forward: Helping older adults stay active and healthy by walking outdoors

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In the most recent Statistics Canada survey on exercise for older Canadians, 42% of respondents reported walking outside less than three days a week. Yet research suggests that walking outdoors, especially in nature, provides physical and emotional benefits. The reverse is also true: limited outdoor walking is an indicator of frailty and a risk factor for social isolation, decline in mobility, and reduced health-related quality of life.

This research has the potential to provide much-needed information that community organizations, seniors' centres, fitness clubs, and even municipal recreation program designers can factor into their future activity planning.

Read more here.

  • By

    Canadian Institutes of Health Research

  • Published

    Jul 09, 2024

  • Subject Area
    • Age-friendly Communities
    • Education, Recreation, & Arts
    • Physical Activity
    • General Health and Wellness
  • Audience
    • Academics
    • Funders
    • Government (Politicians, Policy Makers) and Health Authorities
    • Service Providers (Non-profits, Community Organizations, Local government)
  • Category
    • Best Practices
    • Research & Reports


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