The importance of physical fitness and exercise as you age cannot be overstated. It can literally be the difference between a longer, happier life and a more difficult, restricted decline into old age. Benefits include disease prevention, improved mental health, decreased risk of falls, increased social engagement and improved brain function – all essential elements if you want to age well.
Getting started does not mean you have to break out the lycra or spend a fortune on expensive equipment. Keep it simple and just look for ways to increase movement on a daily basis. Think outside the box, taste test a new class, or join an existing group – anything from zumba for seniors to ocean swimming.
- Complete the Woodgrove Circuit walk at Beerwah.
- Take a winter dip in the Kings Beach Salt Water Pool.
- Attend a senior's fitness class hosted by Independence Movement focusing on balance, mobility and strength.
- Cycle the Coastal Pathway from Maroochydore to Alex Surf Club – nice and flat for those just starting out.
- Pack a picnic and walk the Maleny Trail to Reynolds Crossing.
- Have cycle in the countryside through the Eumundi Conservation Park Seib Road Loop.
- Seek out a local ocean swimming group or start your own with interested friends.
- Kayak past the waterfront houses, boats and enjoy the sparkling views with a Mooloolaba Paddle.
- Do the Conondale Range Great Walk full four day circuit making camp along the way.
- Cycle from Pt. Cartwright to Moffat Beach which is a mostly flat but 32km return route with great views.
- Complete the Old Woman Island Paddle for a short sea adventure.
For even more great walks, rides, paddles or ideas of where to go in your neighbourhood, take a look at Adventure Sunshine Coast for over 150 free, self-guided ideas on engaging with the great outdoors. Join the Superfit Seniors movement today!
Reserve these physical items and collect from your local library:
- Anti-aging hacks: 200+ ways to feel –and—look younger by Karen Asp
- Dynamic aging: simple exercises for whole-body mobility by Katy Bowman
- The ten steps of positive aging : a handbook for personal change in later life by Guy Robertson
- Stay young with yoga: use the power of yoga to stay youthful, fit and pain-free at any age by Nicola Jane Hobbs
- The path to longevity: how to reach 100 with the health and stamina of a 40-year old by Luigi Fontana
- Irongran: how keeping fit taught me that growing older needn’t mean slowing down by Edwina Brocklesby
- Staying alive by Kate Gregorevic
- Exercises for better balance : the stand strong workout for fall prevention and longevity by Willian Smith
- Use it or lose it by Paul McIntyre
- Better with age : the psychology of successful aging by Alan D. Castel
- Breakfast with the centenarians: the art of ageing well by Daniela Saterini Mari
Get on the path to becoming Superfit with these eBooks:
- The longevity paradox: how to die young at a ripe old age by Steven Gundry
- Yoga for healthy aging: a guide to lifelong well-being by Baxter Bell
- Core strength for 50+: a customized program for safely toning ab, back and oblique muscles by Karl Knopf
- Fitness after 40: your strong body at 40, 50, 60 and beyond by Vonda Wright
- Gentle yoga for arthritis: a safe and easy approach to better health and well-being through yoga by Laurie Sandford
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Check out the Gale Health and Wellness database under the topic Exercise. There are 715 short videos on all aspects of exercise including exercise for bone health, exercise for better sleep and how to start a walking group. For quality and reliable health information, Gale Health and Wellness provides a wealth of information on current health issues and topics. Sign in to the State Library of Queensland.
On the web
Council on the Ageing (COTA) are offering four free virtual Seniors in the studio ballet classes on Sunday 23 August 2020. The four ballet classes on offer will cater to all abilities and be taught by Queensland Ballet in their West End studio, and will be live-streamed. Registrations are essential and numbers are limited:
Stream social support sessions on Kanopy:
- Age is no barrier!
- Fall prevention
- Daily exercise for Parkinson’s
- Mastering Tai Chi
- Aging well: staying active
- Foundational fitness
- Chair yoga
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Got a minute? Try this one minute senior’s exercise routine with trainer Michelle Bridges. It will help you maintain your mobility, bone density, muscle mass and balance.
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