Staying physically healthy is the single most important thing we can do to stay fit and independent. Staying active reduces our risk of a fall, particularly as we age and, reduces the likelihood of developing lifestyle disorders such as, obesity, type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease.
Activities which are particularly good for balance and flexibility include:
These type of activities have plenty of benefits. They help keep your heart strong, your blood pressure down, and your weight down.
Try to mix up the activities, this will exercise different muscles and helps you keep interested. You don’t have to do it all in one go, being active in 10-15 minute slots per day works just as well. Age should not be a barrier. Research shows that any exercise, at any age, is worth the effort. If you are in doubt about exercises, please talk to your doctor.
Where to Start?
The NSW Get Healthy Information & Coaching Service is a free service for anyone wanting to obtain information & advice on how they can start to become more active and healthy.
When you register for the Get Healthy Service, you get free access to your own expert health coach that will support you to set personal health goals, maintain motivation, keep you on track and more.
To contact the NSW Get Healthy Information & Coaching Service call 1300 806 258 Monday-Friday 8am-8pm
SHARE is a not-for-profit organisation funded by NSW Health. SHARE offers affordable exercises classes across the Sydney region such as:
Class leaders are accredited instructors experienced in teaching exercises to people over 50. There are Low, Medium and High Intensity levels of exercise classes to choose from.
The Heart Foundation provides some very useful information regarding physical activity, nutrition and heart health. Heart Foundation Walking Groups are organised across the nation for people to join and walk in a friendly group environment to keep fit and motivated.
Active and Healthy NSW is a web-based directory to find local physical activity programs & other health related information for people 50 years and over.
Local City Councils
Provide affordable and accessible facilities to engage in physical activity. Many Council Leisure Centres provide discounts to residents holding concession cards/pensioner cards. Local Councils may also have information regarding local activity groups. Contact your local council or check your local council website for more information.
South Western Sydney Local Health District - Falls Prevention Program
Stepping On is a free friendly community group program for seniors. It is designed to build knowledge and strength to remain independent at home.
The Stepping On Program can provide you or the person you care for with information on how to reduce the risk of falling.
The benefits of the 7 week course are:
Venues are chosen near public transport and some venues will have free transport available. Car parking is available at most venues.
Programs are available in the South Western Sydney Local Government Areas, facilitated by SWSLHD Health Professionals.
Please be aware that to join some fitness classes, the instructors may advise you to obtain a medical clearance from your GP before you begin to exercise. This is to prevent any injury due to pre-existing medical conditions.