Copenhagen Consensus: physical activity & ageing

Health Advancement Research Team, University of Lincoln, College of Social Science, Sport and Exercise Science UoL CoSS HART

HART researchers, Joanna Blackwell and Adam Evans, together with international colleagues representing nine countries and a variety of academic disciplines met in Snekkersten, Denmark, to reach evidence-based consensus about physical activity and older adults. It was recognised that the term ‘older adults’ represents a highly heterogeneous population, encompassing those who remain highly active and healthy throughout the life-course to the very old, and oldest-old and frail. The consensus statement is drawn from a wide range of research methodologies within epidemiology, medicine, physiology, neuroscience, psychology and sociology, recognising the strength and limitations of each. The statement distinguishes between physical activity and exercise, and presents the consensus on the effects of physical activity on older adults’ fitness, health, cognitive functioning, functional capacity, engagement, motivation, psychological well-being and social inclusion. It also covers the consensus on physical activity implementation strategies. The statement is available on open access here.


University of Lincoln, College of Social Science Research

Jens Bangsbo, Department of Nutrition Exercise and SportsUniversity of Copenhagen

Joanna Blackwell, School of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Lincoln,  and Department of Nutrition Exercise and SportsUniversity of Copenhagen

Carl-Johan Boraxbekk, DRCMRUniversity of Copenhagen

Paolo Caserotti, Department of Sports Science and Clinical BiomechanicsSyddansk Universitet

Flemming Dela, Department of Biomedical SciencesUniversity of Copenhagen

Adam Evans, Department of Nutrition Exercise and SportsUniversity of Copenhagen

Astrid Pernille Jespersen, Copenhagen Centre for Health Research in the HumanitiesUniversity of Copenhagen

Lasse Gliemann, Department of Nutrition Exercise and SportsUniversity of Copenhagen

Arthur Kramer, Center for Cognitive and Brain HealthNortheastern University

Jesper Lundbye-Jensen, Department of Nutrition Exercise and SportsUniversity of Copenhagen

Erik Lykke Mortense, Department of Public HealthUniversity of Copenhagen

Aske Juul Lassen, Copenhagen Centre for Health Research in the HumanitiesUniversity of Copenhagen

Alan Gow, Department of PsychologyHeriot-Watt University and Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, University of Edinburgh

Stephen Harridge, Centre for Human and Applied Physiological SciencesKing’s College London

Ylva Hellsten, Department of Nutrition Exercise and SportsUniversity of Copenhagen

Michael Kjaer, Department of Biomedical SciencesUniversity of Copenhagen and Department of Geriatrics, Bispebjerg-Frederiksberg Hospital, Institute of Sports Medicine Copenhagen

Urho Kujala, Faculty of Sport and Health SciencesUniversity of Jyväskylä

Ryan Rhodes, School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health EducationUniversity of Victoria

Elizabeth Pike, Department of Psychology and Sport SciencesUniversity of Hertfordshire

Timothy Skinner, Department of PsychologyKobenhavns Universitet

Thomas Skovgaard, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, Faculty of Health SciencesUniversity of Southern Denmark

Jens Troelsen, Department of Sports Science and Clinical BiomechanicsSyddansk Universitet

Emmanuelle Tulle, Glasgow School for Business and SocietyGlasgow Caledonian University

Mark Tully, School of Health SciencesUniversity of Ulster

Jannique van Uffelen, Department of Movement SciencesKU Leuven

Jose Viña, Department of PhysiologyUniversitat de Valencia