Ageing Tag

Being physically active is important for all ages, and that importance doesn't diminish as we get older, but our activity levels tend to.   The Australian population is ageing, and with older age comes greater incidence of chronic illness and disease. More than three-quarters of Australians aged over 65 years have at least one chronic condition and chronic disease is a leading cause of disability in older adults. Research shows that just 30 minutes a day of physical activity can have numerous benefits, including delaying many chronic, age associated physical and cognitive declines, but being active as we get older may seem challenging. Here's...

Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Carly Ryan, answers your questions about swimming for older adults.   What are some of the benefits of swimming for older Australians?   Swimming is a great activity for cardiovascular health, and comes with all the benefits of exercise including improved heart health, flexibility, muscle tone, weight management along with mental health benefits such as improved mood. What is less well known is that water provides natural resistance, so swimming provides muscle strength and balance benefits as well.   How important is the low impact element of swimming for older people?   Swimming is often a great choice for those with injuries, pain or conditions such...

Research shows that extra kilos mean a shorter life for men. It’s time to start turning back the clock and here are some tips!   1. First measure your waist. It should be no bigger than half your height, according to research by City University London. If it’s within this healthy limit you should live to the average life expectancy. If not, for every extra few centimetres, you face losing months or even years of life. 2. Cut down on alcohol. It is calorie-loaded and contributes to the development of “moobs” or man boobs, says fitness expert Matt Roberts. “If you don’t want to cut...

As we age exercise remains vital for our health and wellbeing. Studies show exercise can improve our life expectancy and reduce the risk of us developing various age related health issues. With just a little dose of exercise each day, we can live longer, healthier lives.   Staying physically active into our older adulthood ensures adequate muscle strength and bone health, maintains heart and lung health and mental acuity, as well as reducing the risk of developing Chronic Diseases such as diabetes, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. The body changes with age and maturity.  Our blood pressure increases, our lung capacity decreases, we gradually loose...