Promoting Physical Activity Among Older Adults
Your Name, credentials
Purdue University Northwest
IN the fitness Loft
Purpose & Goal
The purpose of today’s teaching session is to learn new ways to become physically active in your daily life.
Let’s learn and practice new ways to be physically active and make a plan for tomorrow’s fitness.
By the end of the teaching session, you will be able to :
Identify three benefits of exercise for everyday health.
Demonstrate the correct technique for three types of exercises that you can do at home.
Create a plan to become more physically active.
Improved sense of self
Increase your endurance
Benefits of Exercise
You can stretch anywhere
Active Range of Motion
Importance of breathing:
Increased blood flow to muscles
3 sets of 10
Stop if you feel tired/dizzy
(Hunter, McCarthy, & Bamman, 2004)
Grab a seat
Good environment (avoid slippery surfaces)
Where are some of your favorite places to walk?
(Julius, Brach, Wert, & VanSwearingen, 2012; VanSwearingen, Perera, Brach, Wert, & Studenski 2011)
Great cardiovascular health
Very low impact
Great for walking in the water
Consider a water aerobic class at a local fitness center
(Nualmin, Parkhurst, Dhindsa, Tarumi, Vavrek, & Tanaka, 2012)
Let’s make a plan:
Pick a time and place to exercise.
Get a friend or loved one involved.
Develop a routine.
Making it work for you!
What are your plans for tomorrow?
Plan for Daily Physical Activity
Hunter, G., McCarthy, J., & Bamman, M. (2004). Effects of resistance training on older adults. Sports Medicine, 34(5). 329-48.
Julius, L., Brach, J., Wert, D., & VanSwearingen, J. (2012). Perceived effort of walking: Relationship with gait, physical function and activity, fear of falling, and confidence in walking in older adults. Physical Therapy, 92(10), 1268-77. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20110326.
Miller, M. & Stoeckel, P. (2011). Client education: Theory and practice. Boston, MA: Jones & Bartlett.
Nualmin, N., Parkhurst, K., Dhindsa, M., Tarumi, T., Vavrek, J., & Tanaka, H. (2012). Effects of swimming training on blood pressure and vascular function in adults >50years of age. American Journal of Cardiology, 109(7), 1005-10. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2011.11.029.
VanSwearingen, J., Perera, S., Brach, J., Wert, D., & Studenski, S. (2011). Impact of exercise to improve gait efficiency on activity and participation in older adults with mobility limitations: A randomized controlled trial. Physical Therapy, 91(12). 1740-51. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20100391
This health promotion project was to partially fulfill the requirements of my Purdue University Northwest Nursing course titled: Health Promotion and Education.
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