Get active and connected,
Enjoying time with loved ones
"Being involved in Choose to Move has given me the incentive to be more active. I look for simple ways to add a little more movement to my everyday living.”
-Choose to Move Participant
How many times have you promised to ‘go to the gym’ or ‘walk more,’ but you haven’t been able to get started or keep it up?
Making a change to become more active can be tougher than it seems. It’s hard to do alone and without support.
Being active is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your overall health. Being active can help you feel better, look better and live longer.
That’s why Choose to Move was developed. It’s a science-based approach to help you introduce the habit of physical activity into your daily life in ways that make sense for you.
FINDING YOURSELF AGAIN
"It’s like something clicked in my brain where I’m feeling like my old self...I can see improvement in my balance every week and I’m feeling better about all the things that I’m doing, like walking the dog."
-Choose to Move Participant
Choose to Move is free and flexible and provides you with the motivation and support to become more active. Choose to Move can help you to integrate activity into your daily routine, meet new friends, and make a positive change! Choose to Move is great for anyone age 65 and older that wants to become active, regardless of ability.
The Choose to Move model is an initiative of the Active Aging Society that was developed by the Active Aging Research Team at the University of British Columbia, with funding from the Government of British Columbia. We assessed the best available scientific research and then based on evidence and experience our team developed a model to help seniors to become and stay active.
Since its creation, Choose to Move has been delivered in partnership with many organizations in over 65 communities, with thousands of seniors participating.
How it started
Choose to Move in the News
29 April, 2021
The Prince George Citizen featured our Choose to Move program in advance of new program offerings this Spring. Local past participants also shared their experiences of the program.
January 8, 2021
Our Choose to Move activity coach Omnia El Shayeb appears on CBC's 'Our Vancouver' to share about how the program can support older adults to keep mobile and socially connected in the new year.
April 10, 2020
On Global TV BC:
Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould discusses the challenges facing seniors because of the COVID-19 pandemic and shares tips and free resources on how older people can stay active at home.
January 2, 2020
On Global TV BC:
Professor Heather McKay and activity coach Melissa English appear on the Global BC News Morning to share about how Choose to Move can support older adults to get active in the new year.
How does it work?
Choose to Move has the potential to change the way you live for the better.
It’s about making choices and building habits.
In this free program, you work with a trained activity coach who helps you develop a plan made just for you. When it gets tough, you will have the support from your coach and a group of other seniors, who, just like you, are making a choice for health– they are choosing to move.
In Choose to Move, you receive both individual and group support:
Work one-on-one with a trained activity coach to create a tailor-made physical activity plan to meet your health and fitness goals. You choose activities that you know you will enjoy and are able to do! Activities can range from organized fitness classes (e.g., Tai Chi, yoga) to individual activities you do on your own schedule (e.g., gardening, walking).
Join a group of other Choose to Movers to share successes and challenges. Learn new ways to live a healthier, more active life.
With the help of your activity coach and support group, you will find the motivation and accountability you need to achieve your goals.
Choose to Move Works!
Get motivated and stay motivated
Feel more energetic
Get support to be more physically active
Take steps toward your fitness goals (ie. weight loss, flexibility, strength)
Choose activities that you like
Learn how to fit activity into your daily routine
Stay accountable to your plan
Meet new people and have fun!
I feel like I’ve got energy again which is something I haven’t had for a long time…
it not only amazes me, it amazes my husband.
He hasn’t seen that in me for a long time.
–Choose to Move Participant,
Ready to Move?
Adding physical activity into your daily routine is a great way to keep healthy and enjoy life to the fullest.
Subscribe to receive updates about Choose to Move programs launching across BC.
If you would like support to become active now, select 'yes' to subscribe to the Choose to Move at Home Check-in: a nudge in your inbox with tools you can use to get active at home!
Questions? Comments? Don't hesitate to reach out.
We love hearing from you.
Choose to Move is brought to you by the Active Aging Society.
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