BCRPA, in partnership with the Active Aging Research Team at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility is delivering Choose to Move and ActivAge™. To learn more about the Active Aging BC visit www.activeagingrt.ca.
Since 2016, BCRPA has partnered with 23 recreation departments across BC to support older adults in becoming more active. ActivAge™ and Choose to Move are run by BCRPA registered Fitness Leaders who have their Older Adult specialty.
ActivAge™ is a free 3-month group-led physical activity program for inactive older adults. It introduces participants to physical activity and reinforces their commitment to incorporate it into their daily lives.
The program is progressive with planned physical activities (stretching, activity, and cool-down) based on ActivAge™ training. This fun and social program will help get participants moving in a relaxed environment with likeminded people.
The program has two class options to choose from:
Option 1: focuses on improving activities associated with daily living, strengthening muscles used day-to-day (ie: bending, lifting, stretching, etc);
Option 2: focuses on exercises that will enable each participant to become more involved with other physical activity programs or sports.
Each class incorporates physical activities that engage participants, and features in-class discussions and resources to improve overall health and physical well-being.
Read more about Choose to Move and ActivAge™ in the Recreation & Parks BC magazine article here.
“I left feeling increasingly able to function independently, control stressful episodes, and I sleep better too. I enjoyed the comradery with others while doing the exercises!"
- ActivAge™ Participant
Choose to Move is a 6-month model designed to introduce older adults to the habit of physical activity, help them meet new friends, and make a positive healthy lifestyle change.
Choose to Move is free and flexible, and provides participants with the motivation and support to become more physically active. Participants work with a trained activity coach who will support them as together they develop a physical activity plan tailored specifically to each participant.
When things get challenging, participants will have the support from their coach and a group of other seniors, who, just like them, are making a choice for health – they are choosing to move!
To learn more about Choose to Move visit https://www.choosetomove.info/
“I feel that this program came at exactly at the right time. When you retire, your life changes… I feel great right now. I am feeling really good. Mentally, physically, everything.”
- Choose to Move Participant
Are you interested in learning more about these programs?
Please contact Kaitlin Atkinson, BCRPA Provincial Coordinator, Older Adult Programs, with any inquiries or questions.