As we age, it’s important we keep our bodies active and strong. There are many reasons to move your body every day. Just 30 minutes of activity each day will pay off with boosted energy, fitness, independence, heart health, as well as a happy mind and mood.
Fitness and Strength for Falls Prevention
Bursts of activity increase your heartrate and helps to maintain physical strength. A strong heart and body will not only support living independently, but also help you enjoy your years.
Australian research shows building muscular strength decreases the risk of a fall. Maintaining your physical fitness every day can assist in maintaining your weight, improving muscle strength, balancing your blood pressure, alongside building or maintaining optimal bone density. A strong body is important at every age to keep doing the things you enjoy.
You can strengthen your legs with everyday activities like cleaning and gardening. You could also try group exercise classes, or a home based program. See our free strength and balance exercise flyers here.
Balance and Falls Prevention
Balance is vital in preventing falls as we age. Good balance can be summarised as the ability to adapt to a change in movement in a smooth and efficient way – in other words, without having a slip, trip or fall!
Staying active and doing exercises that strengthen your legs and challenge your balance daily will help you reduce the impact of changes in your balance over time. Balance exercises should be progressed gradually and become more difficult as your balance improves.
Try activities such as tai chi or lawn bowls which involve leaning forwards, backwards or to the side. Find a class to challenge yourself on the Stay On Your Feet® e-Directory here, or speak to your doctor or fitness professional about what exercises are right for you.
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Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
There are many mental benefits to keeping active every day. Exercise acts as a natural stress reliever, as it releases endorphins to reduce sadness, depression or anxiety. This can also assist you in maintaining a quality sleep schedule, meaning you sleep more deeply and wake more refreshed.
Staying active and strong can also help you feel more confident in doing everyday activities too. By dedicating just 30 minutes a day to moving your body, you can be confident in what your body can achieve and what you can handle.
You can start moving your body each day just by gardening or walking the dog. If you’re ready, you can attend group fitness classes like Living Longer Living Stronger – but make sure you ask your physiotherapist, GP or local recreation centre for advice first.