For many Australian’s 65years and older, physical activity becomes even more important. However, despite these significant benefits of physical activity as you age, many Australians aren’t achieving the recommended level to gain health benefits.
In Australia, people aged 65 years and over are 75% are not sufficiently active.
The benefits of exercise as we age include.
- Improved muscle strength and fitness
- Improved physical function to help with daily living tasks
- Improved immune function, improved mood and self-esteem
- Maintain or improve current medical conditions
- Maintain or improve cognition
- Minimize falls risks
- Prevent possible medical conditions
- Great social outlet
A mixture of aerobic exercise, resistant training and dual-task balance training are most effective for maintaining the brain and bodies’ structure and function.
Resistance training can include a combination of machine weights and functional movements.
Dual-task balance is also a beneficial task for active ageing, as it involves training your balance while performing cognitive tasks.
Although we may perform incidental activities, it is important to participate in structured exercise. While the hardest part might seem like getting started, it is known that there is a greater adherence to exercise when performed in a group setting.
Our Active Living Group offers this, plus a variety of cardio, resistance and dual-task exercises for Australian’s 65years and older.
What’s more, is, it is completed in a safe, social environment and tailored to your abilities.
We have many groups on offer, with a cap of six clients per group to ensure you are getting the best possible care. These sessions are $10each and 45 minutes in duration. If you are new to these groups there will be a one-off initial consult fee ($20 for a 30 minute one on on), before joining our group.
As they say, “if the benefits of exercise could be captured into a single pill, it would be the most prescribed drug in the world.” So why not start your journey now with our Exercise Physiology team.