Cardiorespiratory Exercise

Regular cardiorespiratory exercise sessions of at least 10 minutes in length can help you strengthen your heart, maintain independence and prevent chronic disease as you age.

Older adults should aim to perform 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiorespiratory exercise per week. Walking, cycling, swimming and yard work are other safe activities for older adults to engage in to strengthen the cardiorespiratory system.

Cardio and Stretch 1 | Debbie

CCAA certified senior fitness instructor, Debbie, leads participants through a 30-minute easy-to-follow exercise routine that includes warm-up, low-impact cardio workout (no jumping), cool-down and stretching.

Note: For CCAA in-house exercise program members this workout is appropriate for all exercise class participants except those in Dynamic Balance Training.


Cardio and Stretch 2 | Debbie

CCAA certified senior fitness instructor, Debbie, leads participants through a 30-minute exercise routine that includes warm-up, a higher-intensity, low-impact cardio workout (no jumping), cool-down and stretching.

Note: For CCAA in-house exercise program members this workout is appropriate for all exercise class participants except those in Dynamic Balance Training.


Cardio and Stretch 3 | Sarah

CCAA certified senior fitness instructor, Sarah, leads participants through a 30-minute, exercise routine including warm-up, low-impact cardio routine, cool-down, stretching and...Some pet sightings!!

Note: For CCAA in-house exercise program members this workout is appropriate for all exercise class participants except those in Dynamic Balance Training.


Cardio and Stretch 4 | Debbie

Debbie leads participants through a more challenging 30-minute, exercise routine that includes warm-up, low-impact (no jumping) cardio featuring more complex choreography, cool-down and stretching.

Note: For CCAA in-house exercise program members this workout is appropriate for all exercise class participants except those in Dynamic Balance Training.


Cardio and Stretch 5 | Debbie

Follow along with this easy-to-follow, fun and challenging 30-minute, exercise routine that includes warm-up, low-impact cardio with some exciting new choreography, cool-down and stretching.

Note: For CCAA in-house exercise program members this workout is appropriate for all exercise class participants except those in Dynamic Balance Training.


Cardio and Stretch 6 | Ros

CCAA certified senior fitness instructor, Ros leads participants through a Latin-inspired, 30-minute cardiorespiratory workout that includes warm-up, higher-intensity, low-impact cardio, cool-down and stretching.

Note: For CCAA in-house exercise program members this workout is appropriate for all exercise class participants except those in Dynamic Balance Training.

Best Practices

  • Ensure that the exercise space in your home is a safe environment for movement, for example, your space is free of tripping hazards such as cords and scatter rugs.
  • Wear proper athletic footwear and comfortable clothing that allows you to move around freely.
  • Exercise at a moderate- to vigorous-intensity level. You should feel like the exercise is challenging but not so difficult that you can't talk.
  • Aim for 10 to 30 minutes of cardiorespiratory exercise per day. Current recommendations state that older adults should perform 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiorespiratory exercise per week.
  • Any amount of cardiorespiratory activity is beneficial for heart health. However, when you exercise for longer periods and more consistently the functional benefits are more likely to be maintained or improved.

Don't forget to review the disclaimer and if possible chat with your doctor before beginning any new exercise program.