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Staying Active and Healthy

Staying Active and Healthy
Staying active and healthy can sometimes have its challenges, depending on where you live.

Staying Active and HealthyHowever, here are some tips to help keep your physical and mental well-being in check.

For example, a good approach to staying active and healthy can often involve easy tasks that you can turn into everyday habits.

If you’re after ideas, here are some ways that may help to improve both your physical well-being and mental well-being.

Get the blood pumping

It’s recommended that older Aussies do at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most (preferably all) days. Good news is that it doesn’t necessarily have to be done at once!

Moreover, it’s well-recognised that physical well-being can only come with some degree of physical activity.

As for the benefits, the World Health Organization states that regular physical activity has the potential to:

  • reduce the risk of some cancers, coronary heart disease and diabetes
  • reduce the risk of falls and hip fractures
  • ease feelings of depression
  • improve energy levels and weight management
  • enhance muscular and cardio-respiratory fitness.
Keep the brain ticking

The potential for the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease is a notable concern of and for older folk. Interestingly, researchers believe many supposed age-related changes are in fact lifestyle related. For instance, memory loss, can reportedly be improved by 30% to 50% simply by keeping the brain active.

You might be thinking – that’s not easy when you’ve been told to go out less, though this may depend upon where you live. Mind you, doing crosswords and similar in-home past-times are very popular.

Keep your medical appointments up to date

It’s true that many health issues can be aided by physical activity. Nevertheless, you should still consult with your doctor, physiotherapist or podiatrist about the type and amount of activity you can do. Additionally, if you attend a gym, consult with them as well.

Remember, making time for regular check-ups is a great way to take care of your overall health and ensure that you stay on top of any issues before they escalate.

Eat well and minimise the “junk” food

Eating a nutritious diet, can help you reduce the risk of diet-related chronic diseases and improve your well-being. This particularly applies if you’re living with a chronic illness.

So, if you’re feeling a little less motivated than you would like to be, below are a few avenues that could be worth you exploring.

Suggestions

  • Learn a new hobby – How about fishing, ten-pin bowling, photography, gardening or chess?
  • Up your tech skills – There are various community colleges and groups, such as U3A (University of the Third Age), that offer a range of how-to workshops on everything from emails to social media.  U3A also have a dedicated online learning centre.
  • Enrol in a free course – There are a variety of free online courses available through TAFE, as well as Open University if you’re wondering where to start. 

Stay socially connected with people, or as some people prefer – with animals

Older people who remain connected with others are likely to have better quality of life and delayed mental decline, all the while enjoying greater independence.

Subsequently, if you’re looking for further ideas, you can check out activities and excursions through groups like Probus.  Similarly, club associations through Rotary, Sporting Clubs and Surf Life Saving may also be viable options for you.

Working with AnimalsNonetheless, if you’re keen on helping others (maybe at a soup kitchen, or animal shelter if cats and dogs are more your thing), you can also find a national database of opportunities at GoVolunteer.

Meanwhile, if you need assistance in this area, there are the government social support services. As you may expect, these can help you maintain an active social life by having someone visit you at home, or by arranging visits and outings.

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