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Staying active is important at all ages but significantly important for older adults as they move towards their more senior years. Regular physical activity has shown to prevent health problems that commonly arise with older age such as heart disease, stroke, risk of falls and diabetes. Regular physical activity also improves overall mood, reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression and improves brain functions such as thinking, learning and decision making. Engaging in physical activity often provides social connection, is a great way to find motivation, stress relief and is a source of fun.
For adults 65 years and older, at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise a week (approximately 30 minutes a day 5 days a week) or 75 minutes of vigorous activity a week is ideal. However, even as little as 5 or 10 minutes a day, if you are not used to engaging in physical activity, still provides health benefits.
Any activities that involve moving and raises heart rate can be beneficial. This may include moderate activities such as brisk walking, light swimming and gardening, or more vigorous activities such as hiking or jogging if able to do so. Other great beneficial forms of physical activity for older adults includes yoga, pilates, and simple balance exercises such as walking backwards or standing on one leg. Even every day activities are a great way to incorporate daily physical activity such as raking leaves, carrying the shopping upstairs or vacuuming the house. It is important to remember that all physical activity should be adjusted and tailored to suit individual needs and preferences.
Visiting a physiotherapist regularly assists older adults to build and maintain strength to be able to engage in regular physical activity. A physiotherapist also has the skills to provide older adults with education regarding safe exercise guidelines to ensure prevention of any exercise-related injuries.
Altaira is a provider of Physiotherapy services, and the team is extremely passionate about assisting clients to maintain their independence and empowering them to self-manage their musculoskeletal health in a way that is relevant and meaningful for them. Book in a consult with Lead Physiotherapist Michael via: Make a Booking (nookal.com) Learn more about Altaira’s Allied Health services: Allied Health – Altaira Services
This article is not intended for medical advice. If you have any concerns, please see a healthcare professional.