Healthy and Fit in 2018

Once you hit 65, to stay healthy, minimise pain in your joints or to improve health, you need to include both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.

Generally if you have no health conditions that limit your mobility, you should try to be active everyday with at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity.

What counts as aerobic activity? This type of activity means you’re working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat. Examples of moderate-intensity activity include: fast pace walking, water aerobics, dancing, riding a bike, tennis, pushing a lawn mower etc.

What counts as muscle-strengthening activity?

Muscle-strengthening exercises involve repetition and some sort of weight. Carrying heavy loads such as groceries, activities that involve stepping and jumping, gardening such as digging or shovelling, yoga and pilates exercises that use your body weight for resistance. Make a time to do specific strength exercises two or three times a week, and build some of them into your everyday activities.

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