Importance and benefits of exercise for older adults

24 May 2021
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Staying physically active is the key that will enable you to get the most of life, whatever your age may be. Despite the benefits of regular exercise, only 17.2% of older Australians meet the physical activity guidelines.

Southern Cross Care's Accredited Exercise Physiologists - Patrick Jonczyk and Angus Robertson shared the importance and benefits of exercise for older adults.

Why is it important for older people to exercise regularly?

Regular exercise and physical activity has many health benefits for older adults, including reducing the risk of chronic disease and improving mental and physical wellbeing.

Exercise can prevent or manage conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and some forms of cancer. Older adults should aim to be physically active for 30 minutes or more at a moderate intensity most days of the week.

This should include a variety of exercise types such as strength, aerobic, flexibility, and balance. Different types of exercise can be prioritised for specific effects and treatments, which can be discussed with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.

How can regular exercise help you live independently?

Being able to move well and managing any chronic health conditions is important to living at home and ensuring a good quality of life.

Regular exercise can be used to improve or maintain key aspects of a person’s physical independence, including their strength, fitness, and balance.

Exercise can also present opportunities to improve cognitive function and engage in social activities, both important areas to maintaining overall health and living at home.

What are some of the inspiring achievements your clients have made through exercise and improving their health and wellness?

We have seen many older adults with an array of chronic diseases maintain or regain their physical strength and fitness through working with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.

Through specific exercise interventions and education, we have seen many older adults make significant accomplishments such as delaying or preventing the need to have major joint surgery, better managing their chronic pain, and improving  balance and agility to walk more confidently and safely.

If you are interested in speaking to one of our accredited Exercise Physiologists or simply want to lead an active life, click here.