STRETCH IT: Find a social activity to keep yourself healthy and happy.
STRETCH IT: Find a social activity to keep yourself healthy and happy. Contributed

Healthy life no matter what your age

BODIES are designed to be used. Being healthy, physically active and socially engaged is essential for health and well-being, especially as the years' tick by.

According to Queensland Health, being physically active is essential for health and wellbeing, helping people keep hold of their independence into old age and minimising the impact of illness and injury.

Essential elements of physical activity include strength, balance, endurance and flexibility. While age can affect your strength and balance, regular physical activity most days will improve this, and it is never too late to start.

At least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity across a range of activities on most, preferably all, days will help keep heart, lungs, muscles and bones working well.

Government research shows exercise programs including strength and balance can reduce falls rates in older people by 17%. Positive benefits to prevent falls were seen after doing two, two-hour sessions of strength and balance exercises for 25 weeks.

Joining a local group or taking part in regular social activities with family, friends and neighbours is a good way to keep involved and connected with the community.

Queensland Health offers a range of guides and tips for seniors to stay active; from everyday guides to active living to check lists and exercise tips. Visit their website at www.health.qld.gov.au


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