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.

Today’s goal:

Let’s learn and practice new ways to be physically active and make a plan for tomorrow’s fitness.

Learning Objectives

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

Improved balance

Improved mobility

Less stress

More energy

It’s fun!

Benefits of Exercise


Equipment Needed:


You can stretch anywhere




Stretching Demonstration:

Active Range of Motion



Importance of breathing:

Increased blood flow to muscles


Good posture

Body mechanics


3 sets of 10

Light weight


Stop if you feel tired/dizzy

(Hunter, McCarthy, & Bamman, 2004)

Equipment Needed:

Grab a seat

Body weight

Rubber bands

Free weights

Resistance Training

Good shoes

Good environment (avoid slippery surfaces)

Dress comfortably

Good technique

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

Thank You!

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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