Provider: ACE - American Council On Exercise
Type: Online Course
Online Quiz
Recorded Video
CEC Credits: ACE 0.1 CECs

Using Behavior Change to Keep Older Adults Moving

Sedentary behavior in the United States has reached epidemic proportions, despite overwhelming evidence that physical activity can prevent or decrease the severity of disease and lead to an enhanced quality of life, especially in older adults. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four US adults over 50 do not engage in regular physical activity. How do we encourage these individuals—particularly those who have spent a lifetime void of exercise—to make moving a habit? The key is understanding behavior change strategies.

In this video training led by Anthony Wall, ACE Certified Personal Trainer and ACE Behavior Change Specialist, you will explore Prochaska’s Stages of Change to better understand the mindset of older adults. By learning important motivational strategies, you will be prepared to design effective programs tailored to your clients and give them the support and tools they need to embrace more active lifestyles.  

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Apply the motivational constructs of behavior change to programming for older adults
  • Create effective older adult physical activity programming
  • Assess the effects of utilizing behavior change theory for older adult programming


While this course contained good information about working with older adults in general, I don't feel like it addressed the main topic of motivation very well. I expected motivation strategies that were specific to older populations, but they were really things that should be taken into consideration with any client.

Very good course.