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Caution road signPhysical activity can help prevent some illnesses and reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, colon cancer, obesity and being injured in a fall. However, if you are over 65, it’s wise to take some precautions before you start to do any physical activity.

  • Drink water during and after physical activity to avoid dehydration.
  • Start slowly and allow your body time to warm up, then do some stretching after your activity to avoid muscle soreness and injury.
  • Include outdoor physical activity in your routine – some sunshine provides you with vitamin D – but minimise your exposure to sun during the hottest part of the day.
  • Use protective equipment to maximise safety and minimise the risk of injury – for example, wear supportive footwear for walking and wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.

If you have existing health problems, or have been inactive for a while, talk with your health professional about the best forms of physical activity for you, and how much of these you should do. 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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