Growing old does not mean exercise becomes something you used to do. Exercise should continue to be a part of everyday life. According to an article by AusMed, an online education platform for health professionals, people who do regular physical activity have:
- Up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, and up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes;
- Up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis and up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture; and
- A 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults); and up to a 30% lower risk of depression and dementia.
Exercise also leads to increased energy, better sleep, a reduction in stress and anxiety, improved concentration and confidence, reduced feelings of sadness and isolation, increased body tone, and greater mobility and independence.
So how much exercise is recommended for people aged over 65? Queensland Government advice is that provided you are generally healthy and have no limiting health conditions, adults 65 years or older should try to do at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most days or, ideally, every day.
The 30 minutes can be done all at once or broken into smaller increments, such as three 10-minute sessions per day. If you are not physically active currently, start slowly and gradually build up to the recommended amount. And don’t forget to check with your doctor about suitable activities.
Jubilee Community Care has weekly exercise sessions which are individually designed for you by a qualified exercise physiologist/physiotherapist to meet your needs and mobility. Your program is designed to your fitness level. The classes run on Tuesdays and Fridays. Hydrotherapy also is run on Mondays. For more information phone Jubilee on 3871 3220.