Roll back the clock on the bowling green
BOWLS Australia has joined the Sports Australia Better Ageing Grant program by promoting more older Australians to get more active.
Its Roll Back the Clock initiative aims to boost physical activity rates through bowls, light exercise and education.
Each four-week program has two sessions per week which incorporate activities lasting 30 minutes each and targeting both the body and mind through bowls, functional training, fitness and wellness education, and socialisation.
Each session is adapted for individuals, with benefits ranging from enabling participants to perform activities of daily life more easily, to withstanding injuries and providing a sense of accomplishment and achievement.
Fitness gains from the program will include flexibility, muscular endurance and strength and in some instances aerobic/cardiovascular exercise.
The first week focuses on the importance of exercise, how to get going and the ingredients to a healthy life. The second week works on healthy brain meets healthy body, exercising it and learning to relax and mindfulness.
In the third week the focus is on supporting the body through movement with good posture and healthy pelvic floor.
Finally, in week four the session focuses on how to continue the good habits, have fun and the keys to success, and bowls games are introduced.
The program is open to anyone and the cost to participate is $20 for the full four weeks.
"In addition to the physical health benefits, engaging in physical activity and group sports for older Australians provides increasingly important opportunities for socialisation, peer-support, and conversation that reduces the possibility for loneliness related physical and mental illnesses," Bowls Australia Better Ageing Program Manager Michael Haarsma said.
Roll Back The Clock is staged regularly at local bowls clubs around Australia.
For more information, go to bowls.com.au/roll-back-the-clock.