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Senior couple walking their dogThe physical activity guidelines for older Australians recommend that adults over 65 years of age should accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most, preferably all, days.

Your physical activity does not have to be done all at one time – it can be accumulated in smaller bouts (e.g. 10 minutes at a time), spread throughout the day.

It’s never too late to start being physically active and to feel the associated benefits. 'Too old' is not a reason to move less.

Most physical activities can be adjusted to accommodate people with a range of abilities and health problems, including those living in residential care facilities. There are also precautions you may need to take to minimise your risk of injury and/or illness from physical activity.

Many forms of physical activity can be undertaken with a partner or friends, or in a group. Being active with others often increases people’s enjoyment and takes their minds off the physical challenges of the activity.

You can be physically active in many ways, and it doesn’t have to involve extra time out of your day. For example, you could:

  • Do some activities that are part of everyday life, such as housework, walking to the local shops, gardening, raking leaves and vacuum cleaning
  • Use the stairs when possible rather than the lift
  • Play with your grandkids rather than watch them play.

You could also do some planned activities, such as:

  • Leisure pursuits that involve physical activity, including golf, lawn bowls, bocce, woodwork and dancing, or just going to the park for some fresh air
  • Structured activities such as walking or cycling with a group, strength training, Tai Chi and other group exercise activities
  • Hydrotherapy classes
  • Pilates and yoga.

It is important to check with your health professional before starting a new physical activity program, particularly if you have some health problems or have been inactive for a while. Classes supervised by a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist may be useful if you are just starting out. You can find these through your local health professional, health service or council.

 

 

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