Principles of Physical Activity Promotion Among Older People

  • Melanie K. Farlie
  • David A. Ganz
  • Terry P. Haines


Physical activity is key to promotion of health into older age. Older adult responses to exercise have been shown to be similar to younger adults, and exercise at high intensities has been shown to be safe for adults into their ninth decade. The variables manipulated in the prescription of exercise are frequency, intensity, type, time, and program duration. Ten minutes a day of physical activity has been associated with reductions in all-cause mortality. Frail older adults can benefit from practice of functional activities until they are able to reach the threshold of ten minutes of continuous activity. Further research is required to investigate how older adults recover from exercise and minimum effective thresholds of some types of physical activity such as balance and flexibility training.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melanie K. Farlie
    • 1
  • David A. Ganz
    • 2
  • Terry P. Haines
    • 1
  1. 1.Allied Health Research Unit, Monash Health, and Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health SciencesMonash UniversityCheltenhamAustralia
  2. 2.US Department of Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare SystemUniversity of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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