Staying active: the key to ageing well

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Physical health

Regular physical activity is a key contributor to maintaining and improving overall health.

For older people, it can help prevent chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Exercising helps to enhance cardiovascular health, maintain bone density, and boost the immune system, while reducing the risk of health issues, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, bone and joint problems, heart disease and some cancers.

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Mental wellbeing

The connection between physical activity and mental health is profound.

Exercise releases endorphins, the body’s natural mood lifters, reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress.

It also promotes better sleep, and cognitive function and helps prevent cognitive decline, contributing to a sharper mind.

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Social engagement

An active lifestyle provides opportunities for social interaction, reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Group activities and classes create a sense of community, fostering relationships and a supportive network.

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Independence and mobility

By improving strength, flexibility, and balance, regular exercise supports independence in daily activities.

This is especially crucial for older adults, as maintaining mobility can prevent falls and enhance overall quality of life.

Tips for keeping active in senior years

Intereach Community Support Workers Kay and Fran have been running strength and balance classes in northern Victoria for a few years.

Here are their five tips for staying active as you age.


1. Make activities/exercise fun

“Mix it up to keep it interesting,” Kay said.

“Incorporate a mix of aerobic activities, strength training, flexibility exercises, and balance-enhancing activities. This can include walking, swimming, light weightlifting, and yoga.”


2. Walk daily (if able) to increase heart rate

“Thirty minutes of walking improves cardiovascular health and joint flexibility and also boosts mood, cognitive function, and overall wellbeing,” Fran said.


3. Remain social, join groups, such as an Intereach Strength and Balance class

“Our classes offer so much more than improving physical health,” Kay said.

“While the exercises are the most important part, the classes improve social connectedness and mental wellbeing as we and our participants are having fun together, making new friends and catching up for coffee afterwards.

“It’s a lovely community vibe and everyone who comes wants to exercise and they get a lot out of it.”

Click here to see a strength and balance class in action.


4. Practise strength and balance daily

“There are proven physical and mental health benefits from strength and balance exercising, with health experts recommending it be undertaken on a regular basis,” Kay said.

“This type of exercise can increase muscle size and strength, maintain body density, improve the strength of legs and reduce joint pain. It can also reduce the risk of falls, which can lead to injury.”


5. Try to do some form of activity every day

“Exercise doesn’t have to be formal,” Fran said.

“Gardening, walking, housework, and even dancing around the living room can contribute to physical activity.

“Find enjoyable ways to stay active in your daily routine.”

*And remember, before starting any exercise program, it’s essential to consult with healthcare providers to ensure safety and suitability. This step is crucial, especially for people with existing health conditions.

How Intereach can help you stay active

Our in-home support services are geared towards promoting an active and independent lifestyle. Explore fitness programs, home modifications, mobility assistance, social supports, and personalised plans to ensure you can continue doing the things you love, all within the comfort of your home.

Our dedicated team provides in-home aged support, tailored to your individual needs. From assistance with daily activities to facilitating social connections, we’re here to help you maintain your independence and embrace a fulfilling, active lifestyle.

Click here to see what in-home aged care services we offer to help you Do More of what you love, Be More active and Live More independently.

Connect with us

For more information about our Home Care Packages and in-home aged care support, call our Aged Care team today on 1300 488 226 for a free consultation or complete the form below.

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