The Active for Life stage of LTAD is the final destination of all Canadians. In this stage, athletes and participants enjoy lifelong participation in a variety of competitive and recreational opportunities in sport and physical activity.
If the participant decides not to compete, this stage can be entered at the age of 12 +, beginning with developing physical literacy in infancy, and evolves to being Competitive for Life and/or Fit for Life through all phases of adulthood.
Active for Life, along with physical literacy and sport excellence, is one of three key outcomes within Canadian Sport for Life in which Canadians remain active in sport and physical activity for life by developing physical literacy.
In this stage, no one is pursuing Olympic or open World Championship glory. Some athletes in Competitive for Life are still involved in very high-performance competition that is not leading to the Olympics or World Cups while others are pursuing sport and physical activity for fitness and health, all for personal satisfaction.
Under ideal circumstances, athletes and participants enter the Active for Life stage of LTAD at one of two times:
- After they have developed physical literacy by the end of the Learn to Train stage and chosen to pursue sport and physical activity according to the goals of the Active for Life stage.
- After they have exited the LTAD high-performance training and competition stream (Train to Train, Train to Compete, and Train to Win stages).
Presently in Canada, many, if not most, participants in the Active for Life stage are not physically literate, due to the fact that the Canadian sport system does not consistently develop physical literacy for all participants. A primary goal of the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) movement is to improve this situation.