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According to research, people lose about 50 per cent of their physical fitness in old age due to a lack of physical activity.1 This statistic highlights why regular exercise as you get older is more important than ever to keep your body in the best shape possible.
If you’re 65 or older it’s recommended you do at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week and muscle-strengthening activities twice a week.2
The good news is it’s really never too late to get fit so here are our top tips to maintain your health as you age.
You’re more likely to stick with it if you enjoy it.
It’s always so much easier when you have the support of others.
Pick something you’re comfortable with that’s within your limits.
Make sure to stop and rest if you feel dizzy or unwell.
If you’re looking for an exercise to take up, we’ve put together a list of some you might like to consider:
If organised activity isn’t your thing there are plenty of alternatives. If you have a dog take it on a daily walk or if you have a green thumb, spend extra time tending to your garden. As long as you’re moving, you’ll be making a difference to your physical health.
What about joining a gym and getting a personal trainer? They’ll be able to guide you through an exercise program that’s tailored to your level of fitness and will be there to support you on your fitness journey. Many councils also run free fitness classes in local parks so get in touch with your council about what’s running in your area or visit their website for a calendar of classes.
If mobility is an issue for you, don’t think you’re out of options. There are plenty of ways to keep fit even if you can’t get out and about. Why not get a DVD of exercises that you can do while sitting down or standing in one spot. This is an easy option, and if you grab a pair of light weights or a resistance band you can work out within your comfort level.
Remember, exercising isn’t only good for your body; it’s good for your mind too so get a few friends together and exercise today!
1. Victorian State Government website: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/physical-activity-for-seniors
2. Health Direct Australia: http://www.healthdirect.gov.au/#!/physical-activity-guidelines-for-older-adults
Juliet O’Brien describes herself as a wife, mother, grandmother, ‘ten Pound Pom’, local author and retired Year 1 teacher. She also calls herself, ‘one of the lucky ones’.
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