Keeping Active

In this section:

Why be active?

Are you doing enough? Complete this questionnaire

How to get started

Where can I find more information?

 Find activities near you

 

Why be active?

Just 30 minutes of physical activity a day can help you to:

  • Stay socially connected and make new friends
  • Remain independent
  • Feel happier and more relaxedwebsite stretching women
  • Prevent or control chronic conditions, like Type 2 diabetes and heart disease
  • Maintain strong bones
  • Keep your brain active and improve memory

 

LifePlus! Index... adding life to years

Making active lifestyle choices will have a positive impact on your physical, social and mental well-being.  The questions below will help you assess your current situation.
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  • Keep active in as many ways as you can? Eg walk or cycle instead of driving, choose the stairs instead of using a lift.
  • Participate in at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most, preferably all days? Eg brisk walking, dig in the garden, mow the lawn.
  • Include a wide variety of nutritious foods in your diet? Eg 2 fruit and 5 veg daily
  • Make healthy eating choices? Eg a diet low in saturated fats, salt and sugar, adequate amounts of water and/or other fluid, limited alcohol intake
  • Have an annual medical check up with your doctor?

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  • Successfully managing a known chronic health condition? Eg diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis
  • Involved in lifelong learining? Eg new skill development, new language, crosswords, puzzles
  • Regularly engaged in a social network of friends, family and community? Eg service clubs, interest groups, hobbies
  • Maintaining an interest and pleasure in most of your usual activities?
  • Maintaining a positive attitude to getting older?

If you answered ‘no’ to any of these questions, or would just like some more information about making positive LifePlus! Choices, visit the ‘Healthy Living’ page on SA Health’s website (www.sahealth.sa.gov.au) for some great ideas and resources; or download the Choose Health: Be Active booklet, a physical activity guide for older Australians.

 

How do I get started?

The following questions may help you overcome the barriers and clarify your thoughts as you begin to make some choices for participating in new recreational projects.

  • What sort of things do you currently do in your spare time?
  • What stops you from doing more of these activities?
  • Are there any recreational activities you would particularly like to try?
  • Do you have any health problems that would stop you from participating in activities?
  • How much would you be prepared to pay for an activity
  • What type of activities would you like to participate in?

The following groupings are just a beginning - to get you thinking - there are literally hundreds of types of activities available!

  • Art and craft classes
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Travel and Trips
  • Computer technology
  • Sport
  • Clubs and groups
  • Physical activity/exercise groups   (walking, water, Tai Chi, fitness etc)

 Where do I go to next for specific information and help?

There are many groups, organisations and associations that are involved in the provision of recreational activities throughout the community. It is impossible to give specific contacts or cover the thousands of opportunities available. The following connections however hold the key to many new and enjoyable recreational experiences for you. (All contact numbers can be found in the telephone directory, and many links to relevant websites can be found on our Useful Links page).

  • Local Government /Councils - community information /recreation /leisure /seniors directories (usually list all clubs, groups and activities in your area together with contacts); try the Recreation/Aged Care or Community Development Officer at your Local Council
  • Local Community Centres /Recreation and Fitness centres
  • State and Local Council Libraries
  • Organisations such as Australian Retired Persons Association, National Seniors, Council on the Ageing, Life. Be In It, University of the Third Age, WEA, Heart Foundation Walking, all provide a variety of types of contacts, groups and activities.

Remember: you only need 30 minutes of moderate physical activity per day to make a difference to your fitness and health!

My Aged Care is a Commonwealth government website with a wealth of information on a variety of topics, including healthy and active living.

The Get Healthy Information and Coaching Program offers free and confidential telephone-based expert advice and motivation to help you find a healthier, happier you.  Available to residents over the age of 18 in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania.

Sports Medicine Australia have published a range of Fact Sheets with information for active women, including one for Women over 50 which provides advice on topics ranging from bone health, menopause and weight bearing and resistance exercise, all while providing practical exercise tips and activity guidelines.