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Older Australians: Falls Prevention/Heart Health

Exercise is vital for people of all ages, but it holds exceptional importance for older Australians! Just look at the numbers: the population of older individuals in Australia has skyrocketed from 1 million (8.3%) in 1970 to a whopping 4.2 million (16%) in 2020. And brace yourself for the projection: by 2066, the percentage of Australians over 65 years old is expected to soar to an impressive 21-23%!

But here’s the catch: Did you know that less than half of our vibrant senior population meets the recommended guidelines for physical activity, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics? That’s a wake-up call!

Now, let’s talk benefits! Exercise, especially for our cherished older folks, works wonders. It’s like a superhero cape, reducing the risk of falls and boosting cardiovascular health among a host of other incredible benefits.balance You know what’s crazy? Falls are actually the most common cause of injuries leading to hospitalization (often fractures) and injury-related deaths, while heart conditions top the list as the number one cause of death among the older population. Scary stuff, right? That’s why we must prioritize a stellar exercise routine as we age!

But hey, exercise isn’t a chore; it’s an exhilarating adventure! Let’s dive into the fun stuff. Want to know the secret to reducing falls risk? Tai Chi, my friends! This remarkable practice can slash the risk by a jaw-dropping 37%!! Whether you prefer practicing at home or joining a vibrant group on the Gold Coast or anywhere in Australia, Tai Chi classes are waiting for you, often at low to no cost! Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity.

Now, let’s switch gears to the Otago Exercise Program, a game-changer developed in New Zealand. Brace yourself, because it has shown spectacular results in reducing falls risk through five strengthening exercises and twelve balance exercises. Feeling a bit lost and unsure where to start? Fear not! Just consult your trusty physiotherapist or exercise physiologist. They’ll assess your balance and guide you toward an exhilarating journey!

tai chiBut wait, there’s more! We’re not just tackling falls risk here. Let’s power up our cardiovascular health! Picture this: brisk walking, invigorating swimming sessions, golfing (sans cart, sorry!), heart-pumping aerobics or water aerobics, thrilling cycling adventures, getting your hands dirty with yard and garden work, intense tennis matches, and even rocking the house while mopping and vacuuming! Plus, there’s an endless array of options, including resistance and flexibility exercises. Here’s the goal: 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, most (and preferably all) days of the week. You won’t believe the phenomenal improvements you’ll experience in strength, cardiovascular function, falls risk reduction, and bone health by sprinkling some vigorous exercise into your routine!

Ready for the grand finale? If you’re craving more balance exercises in your life, seeking a local exercise group, or yearning to join our studio’s group classes (trust me, you’ll adore them!), simply reach out to our friendly admin staff or let your practitioner know. We’ve got your back!

Now, let’s energize and embrace the exhilarating world of exercise! Get ready to unlock your full potential, because the journey starts now!

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