Exercise, optimal aging and the Olympic Games

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games continue to dominate the news headlines this week. As the world's top athletes compete in Rio de Janeiro, perhaps we can take a cue from them to improve our own fitness. While we’re not training to bring home a gold medal, we can still recognize the many benefits that physical activity has on our health and well-being. Evidence shows that regular exercise is a key component to optimal aging. Inspired by the Olympic Games, we’ve compiled the best available research evidence confirming the many benefits of exercise for older adults.


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DISCLAIMER: Many of our Blog Posts were written before the COVID-19 pandemic and thus do not necessarily reflect the latest public health recommendations. While the content of these blogs identify activities that support optimal aging, it is important to defer to the most current public health recommendations such as social distancing and frequent hand washing. Some of the activities suggested within these blogs may need to be modified or avoided altogether to comply with current social distancing recommendations. To view the latest updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada, please visit their website

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