Activity and the over 50s

Posted on 20 December 2018

Activity and the over 50s

According to a survey by the ABS on physical activity, a few years back, 60% of adults were doing less than 30 minutes exercise per day, and fewer than 20% doing an hour or more per day on average, with the levels of physical activity declining in older ages.

Low levels of activity increase the risks of various illnesses and chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis, and depression just to name a few.

Basically, exercise is the key! It doesn’t matter how old you are, exercising can help with some of the symptoms and chronic conditions associated with ageing.

Benefits

  • Better coordination and balance
  • Boosts your endorphin levels (making you feel happy after exercise)
  • Reduces risk of memory loss, dementia, cognitive decline and depression
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Increases strength and physical endurance
  • Increases joint and mobility
  • Increases bone strength
  • Decreases body fat (in line with a healthy diet)
  • Decreases blood pressure

Tips

  • Find a routine that suits your lifestyle that you can stick to
  • Look at exercises you enjoy doing so they’re not a chore
  • Plan to exercise with a friend or partner on a regular basis
  • Listen to your body and do what suits you best
  • Drink plenty of water so that you stay hydrated in any form of physical activity

 

Suggested activities (or activity groups) at Ocean Club Resort

  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Ballroom dancing
  • Bowls
  • Water aerobics
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll class
  • Line dancing
  • Yoga
  • Walking group
  • Stretch class

It’s important to keep healthy and active so that you can get the most out of life. If

you don’t know where to start, just start by moving more – and sitting less. Buy a pedometer/step counter and gradually increase the number of steps you take each day and set yourself up with small challenges. Remember to start slowly and gradually increase your activity and check with your doctor if you need to.

Sources: Ocean Club Events Calendar; Australian Bureau of Statistics; www.seniors.com.au