Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Practice Considerations for Low-Intensity Physical Activity for Constipation

• Low-intensity physical activity refers to light, non-strenuous and repetitive bodily movement, such as walking, low-impact aerobic exercise and light resistance training
• Low-intensity physical activity should be individualized and appropriate to the person’s age, physical ability and associated health status.
• Low-intensity intake alone may not prevent or help manage constipation. It also is important for providers to encourage adequate fluid and fibre intake in persons living with constipation.

Older Adults
A Proactive Approach to Bowel & Bladder Management in Adults
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