Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines from the Department of Health indicate that there are four types of activities that older Australian’s (65 years and older) need to do to keep healthy.
For your heart, lungs and blood vessels
Do 30 minutes of activity from this group on most days.
- Washing the car
- Yard and gardening work
To help maintain bone strength
Do specific strength exercises two or three times a week.
- Carrying or moving heavy loads such as groceries
- Activities that involve stepping and jumping such as dancing
- Heavy gardening, such as digging or shovelling
- Exercises that use your body weight for resistance, such as push-ups or sit-ups
- Lifting weights – use whatever you can, try filling two waterbottles with water
To help you move more easily
Do some form of stretching or flexibility every day.
- Tai Chi
- Stretching exercises
To improve your balance and help prevent falls
Do these exercises at least twice a week.
- Sideways walking
- Simple grapevine
- Heel-to-toe walk
- One leg stand
- Step up
Australian Government Department of Health (Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines, Sport England –https://www.sportengland.org/stayinworkout#get_active_at_home, NHS – https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/balance-exercises/