As we all know, these days, the benefits of being active is crucial and not just for our body but for our mind and social lives. Age is just a number and you’re only as old as you feel!
So, we’ve got together some of the easiest tips for staying active into your 60s and beyond. As always, seek advice from your doctor or physio before starting a new exercise routine – they will be able to provide you with some fantastic ideas that suit you, your body and your lifestyle!
- Opt for low impact activities such as yoga, pilates, swimming, resistance training and walking. These will strengthen your muscles, increase your bone density (due to weight bearing) and most importantly, won’t aggravate your joints. In fact, osteoarthritis sufferers are often encouraged to complete low-impact resistance training as a part of their treatment as it supports the body in healing as well as coming back stronger than before.
- Bring out your inner child through activities that focus on movement and fun! Ideas such as creating some art, blowing bubbles and bumping balloons in the backyard with your tiny grandchildren, or challenging your older grandchildren (or passers-by) to water-balloon wars. Laughing so hard your stomach hurts counts as exercise too!
- Get out with nature and enjoy everything the great outdoors has to offer. This could include a bush walk (make sure you have supportive shoes, and choose a walk that suits your fitness level), a bike ride or even a quick dip for some laps can do you the world of good. Appreciate the change of seasons, the coast all the way to the bush, and use your time exploring to enjoy the fresh air.
- Get your friends involved and choose an activity that has more than just the social benefits! A weekly walk around the river, or lawn bowls and croquet can all be fantastic active options that are shared with great friends. Activities like these also give you the opportunity to meet new people, and develop your social network. Any activity that gets you socialising is a fantastic option, and there is nothing better than looking forward to a weekly social date.
- Increase your heart rate and improve your overall health by working on your cardiovascular endurance. This can have huge benefits to weight management, the condition of your heart and the management and prevention of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Engaging in more vigorous activities can be daunting at first, so it could be worth working with a personal trainer, physiotherapist or being a part of a group fitness class targeting people over 60. This will mean you have guidance throughout the entire session, and have a qualified person to ensure you are working in a way that is meaningful to you and your health.
- Enjoy time with family and include active ideas into your gatherings. Whether it be backyard cricket, an Easter egg hunt or a game of charades after lunch, any kind of game or activity that has the potential to bring the group together and get active is a fantastic opportunity. You’ll treasure the photos forever, and your family will have fantastic memories of you and your life.
The team at Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy are an experienced team who can talk you through your exercise options, particularly if you’re cautious about getting started. If you’d like to take the first step to preventing or better managing an array of lifestyle diseases with the help of exercise, contact the practice today on (02) 4721 7798, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to book an appointment online today.