Seniors: Physical and Mental Benefits of Group Exercise

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The Sports Injury Clinic

Katie Cole

March 3, 2020


TSIC's Active Living Group (ALG) is a 1-hour gym session that run 5 days per week for Seniors wanting to maintain or improve their health and wellbeing in a safe and social setting. Senior participants have an option to complete an individual program or a group circuit under the supervision of an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.

All participants have their own story that has brought them to where they are today. Together they share the similar goals of wanting to feel good, move well and combat chronic disease.

While some individuals initially join the ALG in search for something to support their exercise needs, others are initially referred to the clinic for an injury or health condition then progress to the ALG. Many end up being regular, ongoing participants in the ALG discovering it is benefiting them in more ways than one; physically and mentally. Our ALG numbers are growing and as a result we are about to introduce more classes very soon.  

According to The National Physical Activity Guidelines it is recommended that individuals over 65 should accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most, preferably all days.

Exercise offers numerous physical and mental benefits and is vital in the prevention and management of many chronic diseases. Four in five older adults are living with at least one chronic condition highlighting the importance of exercise in the aging population.

Exercise plays an important part in bone mineral density reducing the risk of osteoporosis and improves muscle strength, mobility, balance and confidence that assists with maintaining independence and reducing the risk of falls.

Exercise is a powerful tool in modifying key chronic disease risk factors such as blood composition (glucose, lipids, cholesterol), blood pressure and body composition helping to prevent, delay and manage diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, chronic respiratory disease, stroke, some cancers and Alzheimer's disease.

Exercise has been shown to be effective in relieving symptoms of arthritis, assisting with pain management, muscle strength, joint mobility and functional capacity.

Exercise releases "happy hormones" which instantly boosts mood and if released regularly can reduce one's risk of developing depression and anxiety.

Brain health is also optimized through exercising, demonstrating positive impacts on cognitive function and memory.

Another major factor impacting an older population's health and life longevity is "loneliness". A regular group-based exercise program provides social interaction gains that can assist in defeating this negative feeling and experience, affecting 1 in 2 Australian adults per week.

The Active Living Group brings seniors together, increases their activity levels to enhance mental and physical health also providing opportunity for social interaction feeding off friendships, support and fun times. These benefits all reinforce desire to return and make it a part of a weekly routine and healthy lifestyle.    


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