Fitness leadership for older adults is a field with a future: people are living longer, the ‘boomer’ generation is moving into its senior years, and there is more awareness of the link between physical activity, wellness & healthy aging.
Be in the forefront of this industry by completing your studies at GPRC in this new Active Aging Fitness Practitioner Certificate.
PDF file, 4 pages Published: Aug 2009 GeoOrigin: Alberta
In recent years, a new type of video game has emerged: the active video game, which gets people out of their seats and moving around as they play the game. Wii and other active gaming products have become incredibly popular.
5 pages Published: Jan 2012 GeoOrigin: International
Hawley, H., Skelton, D. A., Campbell, M., & Todd, C. (2012). Are the Attitudes of Exercise Instructors Who Work With Older Adults Influenced by Training and Personal Characteristics?.
Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 20, 47-63.
html file, 2 pages Published: 2001 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Because of its potential for promoting bone growth, physical activity can help prevent osteoporosis.
Quantitative reviews have found that exercise interventions, including mainly aerobic or weight-bearing activities, are effective in promoting bone growth in both premenopausal and postmenopausal women.
This Research Update article focused on a quantitative review of resistance training and bone strength literature (including both published and unpublished studies).
A research-based exercise program (for adults 50+) from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (which includes the National Institute on Aging). A manual is also available for use with the video. Revised ed. (48 min)
This resource is available in the Centre library: Population Groups--Older Adults (Physical Activity), ID #722
This resource outline why overweight is a problem for children as well as adults in the US. It teaches about energy balance and provides tips to parents to help kids eat right and be more physically active.
A link to this resource is unavailable. A hard copy is available in the Centre library: Health/Well-being--Obesity [file cabinet], ID #1250
236 pages Published: 2006 GeoOrigin: International
Whether you are completely new to exercise or are looking to fine-tune your existing program, this information-rich book will show you how to get started, stay on track, and have fun as you meet your fitness goals.
This resource is also available in the Centre library: Population Groups--Older Adults (Physical Activity), ID #1124
pdf file, 2 pages Published: Mar 2010 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This Research Update article highlights a study that assesses physical activity, fitness, body mass index and insulin sensitivity in youth aged 9 to 15 years. The Healthy Hearts research project is a school-based study conducted in seven rural communities in central Alberta.
Healthy U is a public information and education website to support and encourage Albertans to lead healthier lifestyles by providing them with access to information on healthy eating and active living.
The website has three sections where you can find general information and tips on:
Healthy Places (Workplace, Schools, Communities).
You will also find access to various resources and tools, Alberta's nutrition guidelines and information about funding for community activities.
Great website for your clients, patients, family and even yourself.
Lists factors that may indicate initial success after following a physical exercise program for a short time. Discusses tools to measure progress, and goal adjustment. Includes links to related resources. Production of this material has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
PDF file, 4 pages Published: Aug 2012 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This WellSpring article offers insights into low-volume, high-intensity interval training (HIIT); a strategy that has emerged in recent years as a potent and practical exercise alternative. For many types of practitioners, low-volume HIIT may be an attractive and realistic option they can offer or promote to clients, to help encourage physical activity and increased fitness levels.
220 pages Published: 2006 GeoOrigin: International
Norms for Fitness, Performance, and Health presents data for numerous fitness components, including strength, endurance, anaerobic and aerobic capacity and power, body composition, flexibility, speed, and agility, as well as data for various health norms.
This resource is also available in the Centre library: Physical Activity--Measurement, ID #1125
PDF file, 4 pages Published: Sep 2013 GeoOrigin: Alberta
This WellSpring article explains how corrective exercises can be used to optimize body movement and function. The article offers insights into how qualified professionals can work with clients to correct postural imbalances, reduce pain or discomfort caused by repetitive movements, or address aspects of post-injury rehabilitation.
405 pages Published: 2005 GeoOrigin: International
This is the first book to detail the fundamental knowledge and skills associated with the training modules outlined in the International Curriculum Guidelines for Preparing Physical Activity Instructors of Older Adults.
This resource is also available in the Centre library: Population Groups--Older Adults, ID #987
PDF file, 4 pages Published: Apr 2013 GeoOrigin: Alberta
For older adults who are planning trips and adventures, it’s important to prepare well for travel-related physical activities and demands. This WellSpring article offers recommendations on how practitioners can help older adults physically prepare for travel adventures, to get the most out of the experiences.
PDF file, 4 pages Published: Apr 2009 GeoOrigin: Alberta
Many health care providers and organizations are now offering chronic condition exercise programs (CCEPs). And for good reason. Exercise helps people with chronic health conditions to manage these conditions and improve their quality of life.
This WellSpring identifies promising strategies for how to keep people exercising after they finish a CCEP.
The following topics are covered:
Chronic condition exercise programs (CCEPs): An overview
The problem: Exercise drops off after the CCEP ends
The search for practices to improve exercise maintenance
206 pages Published: 2000 GeoOrigin: British Columbia
This is a literature review that tackled the complex relationship between health and physical activity in the context of girls and women's lives through a multi-disciplinary and holistic approach. Future research strategies and policy implications to support and improve the health and well-being of girls and women are identified.
Series Title - Women's Health Reports
A link to this resource is unavailable. A hard copy is available in the Centre library: Population Groups--Girls/Women, ID #685
This resource, part of the Viactive program developed by Kino-Quebec and the Federation de l'age d'or du Quebec, consists of nine laminated placards that leaders can use to teach aquafitness classes for seniors.
NOTE: THE BOOKLET IS ENTIRELY IN FRENCH.
This resource is no longer online. You can find a hard copy in the Centre library: Population Groups--Older Adults (Physical Activity), ID #770
This course concentrates on the strength-building and flexibility-improvement aspect of fitness. It also promotes a regular walking program, for muscular endurance, cardiorespiratory fitness, bone strength and the maintenance of a healthy weight and two sections on basic nutrition.
Revised ed. A link to this resource is unavailable. A hard copy is available in the Centre library: Population Groups--Older Adults (Physical Activity) [file cabinet], ID #696
Provides details of certifications needed in Canada, and where and how to obtain them. Includes links to related sources. Production of this material has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.