Many people aren't getting as much exercise as they should. Some tips to overcome the obstacles and get back to a healthier lifestyle.
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INFO 4 YOUR LIFE Speaker: We know that exercise is important for good health, but a new survey finds that many of us aren't so good at doing what we know we should. And a big part of the problem could be chronic pain. The Léger Marketing Survey finds that more than 8.5 million Canadians expect to be less physically active 20 years from now. Dr. William Benson is Rheumatology Consultant and says often people mistakenly believe that aches and pains commonly associated with Osteoarthritis are a natural part of aging. Dr. William Benson: This expectation that, it's old age live with it, has changed. We used to feel that Osteoarthritis was just an aging process. Now we know it's an inflammatory process that can be managed by many of the drugs that we currently have and limit it by changing your lifestyle. Speaker: But pain and physical limitations aren't the only barriers to daily physical activity. 56% of adults say they don't have time for daily physical activity. Another 26% cite money as a limiting factor. Holly Vengroff: The biggest barriers for zoomers or boomers with zip is that they don't have enough time in their day, sometimes to allow to do that physical activity to give them a better quality of life. I think, what they have to realize is to get that 30 minutes of activity a day doesn't mean you have to go to a gym. It means that you can do at the grocery store, you can do it when you walk to work, you can do it playing with your grandchildren. But you can get it at little points during the day and it will contribute to a better physical wellbeing. Speaker: Like thousands of Canadian seniors, Mary Lou Douglas is living with Osteoarthritis. Mary Lou Douglas: I think the best way to manage the pain is to discuss it with you doctor and find out what he has to tell you about medications that you should be on and discuss what exercises you should be doing and I think it's a good idea to join a facility like we have The Center for Activity and Aging. And then you are doing some walking in the gym and some strength training as well and all of this helps you manage the pain. Speaker: The study was spearheaded by a task force of the Active Living Coalitions for Older Adults, Canada's association for the fifty-plus and Patient Partners in Arthritis. The full report is available at www.alcoa.ca or www.carp.ca. Sherry Damatarca reporting.