Walk your way to an active 2017.
Walk your way to an active 2017.

ACTIVE AGEING: Try something new (or old) in 2017

LET'S get active before January slips into February, into March and then into the rest of the year. 

Active options for seniors are vast. Why not start with one - or all - of these five: walking, sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, tennis and cycling.  

1/ WALKING

Benefits:

  • No equipment needed.
  • Do it wherever and whenever you like.
  • Wear anything you like.
  • 30 minutes a day will help improve the health of your heart, lung and bones.
  • Do it at any time of the day or night.

Where to start:

  • Contact your council about community walking programs.
  • Search online for organised groups; some are free and some are commercial.
  • Go online to the Heart Foundation to find a group near you; www.walking.heartfoundation.org.au/walking/find-walk
  • Once you are walking, why not book yourself a walking holiday.

 

Sail your way to an active 2017.
Sail your way to an active 2017.

 

2/ SAILING

Benefits:

  • Don't need to own a boat to participate.
  • It's a healthy, outdoor activity.
  • Very social.
  • No age limits.
  • Every club is looking for more sailors.

Where to start:

  • Ensure you are reasonably active before getting involved.
  • Some clubs offer special sailing programs for over-50s, just ask.
  • You need soft-soled shoes, casual clothing (and sometimes a change of clothing), hat, sunscreen and water.
  • To find a club, go to www.discoversailing.org.au.
Paddle your way to an active 2017.
Paddle your way to an active 2017.

 

3/ STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDING

Benefits:

  • Great outdoor activity for any age.
  • You can do it with a few or lots of friends.
  • Good for tightening the tummy muscles.
  • Fun!

Where to start:

  • Use the right lingo; talk SUP when you make enquiries.  
  • Hire a board and get a lesson or two before you buy. Search the internet for your local supplier.
  • Start paddling in calm waters such as on a lake or protected bay.
  • Check out www.seabreeze.com.au / News / SUP for tips on SUPing.  

 

Play your way to an active 2017.
Play your way to an active 2017.

 

4/ TENNIS

Benefits:

  • Good aerobic activity.
  • Social.
  • Can choose the pace of play from social hit-and-giggle to serious competition.
  • Most communities have a tennis court or two close-by.

Where to start:

  • Most clubs run mid-week social tennis sessions. Drop in and talk to the locals about times and costs.  
  • Start with one or two lessons even if you are returning to tennis after a long break.
  • Wear tennis or cross-trainer shoes, plus light clothing and a hat.
  • Hire a racquet to start then look to buy one from any large sports store or from the pro-shop at the local courts.

 

Cycle your way to an active 2017.
Cycle your way to an active 2017.

 

5/ CYCLING

Benefits:

  • There are bike tracks everywhere.
  • Second-hand bikes are plentiful.

Where to start:

  • Contact your local council for details on recommended bike pathways.
  • Find, borrow, buy a bike. Check the frame and pedal height is right for you.
  • Buy a good quality helmet and then wear every time you get out.
  • Talk to the staff in your local bicycle shop about social cycling groups.

If these five activities aren't your choice, there are plenty more to consider from kayaking, golf, table tennis, croquet, bowls, running and on the list goes.

One of the best places to start when looking for information on almost any outdoor activity in your area is your local council.

Let's get (more) active.


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