GET ACTIVE: Exercise is good for your mind, mood, memory and sleep.
GET ACTIVE: Exercise is good for your mind, mood, memory and sleep. gradyreese

Achieve a life balance with the correct exercise

HOW GOOD is your balance? Do you have problems when you stand up, walk, turn around or climb stairs? There are many changes that happen to our bodies as we get older but they are things we can do to help ourselves.

Being active regularly is one of the best ways to boost your odds of ageing well, help keep your muscles strong, joints mobile and maintain good balance and strength.

If you're over 65 and exercising regularly, give yourself a pat on the back, if not, it's never too late to start.

There are many reasons why we become more inactive with age. It may be due to helping family, health problems, weight or pain issues, or worries about falling.

Or perhaps you think that exercising simply isn't for you.

But as you grow older, an active lifestyle becomes more important than ever. Getting moving can help boost your energy, protect your heart, and manage symptoms of illness or pain as helps to maintain your independence.

Exercise is also good for your mind, mood, memory and sleep. Including balance and strength exercises will also lower your risk of falling.

Reaping the rewards of exercise doesn't have to involve strenuous workout. It's about adding more movement and activity to your life, even in small ways. No matter your age or physical condition, it's never too late to get your body moving and improve your health and outlook.

Debunking the myths:

Myth 1: I'm too old to start exercising.

Fact: You're never too old. If you've never exercised before, or it's been a while, just begin with gentle activities and build up from there. Being active in 10-15 minute slots during the day also works well.

Myth 2: Exercise puts me at risk of falling.

Fact: Exercises that improve your balance and increase your strength (tai chi, group exercises, strength training or home based specific exercises) can lower your risk of having a fall.

Myth 3: I'm too weak or have too many aches and pains.

Fact: Getting moving can help you manage pain and improve your strength and self-confidence. Many people find that regular activity not only helps stem the decline in strength and balance that comes with age, but actually improves it. The key is to start off gently and seek the advice of your GP or a health professional where required

Active Over 50:

If you're looking for a way to kick start some activity, check out the Active Over 50™ program.

Active Over 50™ offers affordable group exercise classes in aquafitness, ballroom dancing, gentle exercise, strength training and Tai Chi. Classes are designed by trained professionals, specifically for older adults, and delivered in 20 venues across the Central Coast.

For more information, visit Central Coast Local Health Districts' Health Promotion website: www.healthpromotion.com.au. On the website you can download a copy of the Active Over 50™ timetable, and find out what you need to do before attending a class, or ring the Health Promotion Service on 4320 9700. 

Active & Healthy:

If Active Over 50™ doesn't tickle your fancy, then try NSW Health's Active & Healthy website: www.activeandhealthy.nsw.gov.au.

The Active & Healthy website provides a searchable, on-line database for physical activity programs that can help prevent in your area.

Simply enter your location and the distance you're willing to travel and "Bob's your uncle" - up comes a list of available programs


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