For ageing adults, engaging in regular physical activity plays a vital role in maintaining and improving their health and well-being. One of the main concerns for people as they get older is that the risk of injury increases. This should, however, not be a concern for older adults. Why? Because exercise for seniors is possible with a low risk of injury.
For adults over 65, the Australian recommendation is that people within this age range should engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every day – if possible. Given that people’s bodies slowly deteriorate as they age and at different rates, the types of exercise that older adults engage in needs to be less strenuous to avoid injury.
Below are some examples of moderate-intensity physical activities that are low impact. These include:
– Vigorous walk
– Water aerobics
– Ballroom/line dancing
– Bike riding on a level or flat surface
– Mowing the lawn
*Keep in mind that these are only suggestions and that there are many more activities that you can do that count as physical activity. You can talk to a health professional to discuss physical activities that cater to you and your needs.
Some of the activities previously suggested are also great group activities that give you the opportunity to socialise and make friends which is very important for your mental well-being. It has also been found that physical activity can be beneficial for peoples mental health as it releases chemicals, such as endorphins and serotonin, that improve your overall mood.
One way to make exercise more enjoyable, which I have found to be most effective for myself, is to set yourself either a fitness challenge or goal. An example of a challenge that you could try, which is one of my personal favourites, is the 10,000 step challenge. For those of you out there who are super competitive, another good way to make exercise more enjoyable is to set-up a little competition with someone else, like a friend, family member or partner. By doing this you will stay motivated and it will also be a great bonding exercise to do with the person you are competing against.
Before you start your exercise journey, please remember to stay safe, listen to your body and ease into it. Don’t worry you have got this – have belief in yourself!
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